Does bacteria in the uterus affect my IVF success?

October 17, 2019

What is it?

We know that gut health is very important and can have an effect on many areas of our health. Trials have shown that bacteria in the uterus has an effect on IVF success.

How does it work?

The endometrium is the internal lining of the uterus. It is where the embryo implants and grows during pregnancy.

We know that a healthy endometrium is rich in healthy bacteria… The Endometrial flora.
New research has shown that antibiotics may be able to rebalance the make-up of bacteria in the uterus to boost the chances of a woman falling pregnant through IVF.

 

Gut health is important.

We know that gut health is very important and that it can have an effect on many areas of our health including blood pressure, obesity and digestive problems.

It has been shown through recent studies that this bacteria in the uterus may help treat and increase a woman’s chance of getting pregnant.

New trials will test whether antibiotics can rebalance the bacteria and boost the chances of pregnancy.

The make-up of a woman’s endometrial microbiome can reduce or boost the likelihood of an embryo implanting in her womb. If the healthy bacteria levels in the endometrium are low, chances of pregnancy may be reduced.

 

Is there a test for uterine bacteria?

I currently offer 2 tests to my patients – EMMA and ALICA.

EMMA – Endometrial Microbiome Metagenomic Analysis – analyses the endometrial microbiome for a better reproductive prognosis.

ALICE – Analysis of Infectious Chronic Endometriosis – detects the bacteria causing chronic endometritis and recommends the adequate treatment.

Recommended treatment includes probiotics to help rebalance the endometrial flora as well as antibiotics to help treat the endometritis.

 

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