If you’ll be having an embryo transfer as part of your treatment, EmbryoGlue could help to improve your chances of success.
Also, if you’ve had IVF treatment before that hasn’t worked, we might suggest EmbryoGlue for your next treatment cycle.
EmbryoGlue isn’t glue as you know it; it’s made with a substance – hyaluronan – that makes the embryo more likely to stick to the lining of the womb.
Hyaluronan is a type of carbohydrate found everywhere in the body. In EmbryoGlue it acts like a bridge between the embryo and the womb, which helps them stick together. It’s rich in the carbohydrates, amino acids and protein the embryo needs to develop properly, and it also helps to thicken the EmbryGlue, which reduces how much the embryo can move around.
If you decide to use EmbryoGlue your treatment procedure will stay exactly the same. The only difference is that, just before we transfer the embryo, we’ll place it in the EmbryoGlue transfer medium.
Are there any risks?
There are no known risks from using EmbryoGlue.
What is the evidence for EmbryoGlue?
Research from the Cochrane review shows that embryo glue containing hyaluronan increases pregnancy and live birth rates by around 10%. There is one high quality study in this review which shows that the use of embryo glue improves pregnancy and live birth rates, other studies in the review were of moderate quality. Further high quality studies are needed before doctors can be confident of the benefits of embryo glue.