The research, led by British scientists, has also shown for the first time that the technique increased the number of babies born as a result. Gently scratching the lining of the womb in the month before IVF treatment was shown to increase in the clinical pregnancy rate of women undergoing IVF to 49 per cent, compared with the current average of 29 per cent.
Women can undergo an injection in two to five minutes instead of enduring an intravenous drip for between an hour and 90 minutes
Currently, around 10,000 women a year are diagnosed with an aggressive form of Breast Cancer, which requires drugs to be given intravenously for long periods. Regulators have now given the green light to a new type of treatment in which the same drug – Herceptin – is administered by injection, in as little as two minutes.
More than 99% of cases of cervical cancer are caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV). Doctors say that because the new HPV tests find abnormalities – and increased risk of cancer – at an earlier stage, most women will be able to undergo smear tests far less often, after receiving a negative result.