Why does it happen?

It is usually caused by a deficiency in the embryo’s DNA, but can also be due to genetic and chromosomal abnormalities or the woman’s age, with the likelihood increasing from age 35 upwards.

What can be done to help?

  • Maternal Blood Tests. These establish the levels of white blood cells and autoantibodies in your blood, and identify if there are any small blood clots. If there are, they can be treated with aspirin or heparin injections
  • Endometrial Tests. These analyse the tissue’s gene content which can determine many factors that have an impact on implantation. A hysteroscopy or endometrial scratch is recommended if you have previously had scar tissue, a fibroid or polyps in the uterus
  • Paternal Tests. These will investigate whether the sperm could be the cause of RIF, in which case you may benefit from ICSI
  • Genetic Screening. This will provide important information about the embryos before they are implanted, so that the ones with best chance of success can be used
  • Laser-Assisted Hatching. This is a chemical or physical treatment that is performed immediately before embryo transfer that improves the chances of successful implantation
  • Egg Donation. It may be the quality of the eggs that is causing RIF, in which case egg donation from a younger donor may prove more successful- particularly if the woman is aged above 35

For more information, please arrange an appointment with Queen’s Clinic by phoning us on 020 7935 5540 or by booking online via our online booking form