Learn About the New and Simplified IVF Procedure Called INVOcell

Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Deborah Smith and our team of specialists at Rocky Mountain Fertility Center are well-known for our comprehensive, innovative, patient-centric approach to fertility treatments.

Here’s why Dr. Smith appreciates the simplified process, lower patient cost, and success rate of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure called INVOcell®.

What is INVOcell?

INVOcell is a cutting-edge IVF technique with a unique twist. Unlike traditional IVF procedures, during which fertilization and early embryonic development occurs in a laboratory, INVOcell promotes in vivo (within the body) conception and development.

This FDA-cleared procedure, sometimes referred to as a “mini IVF with INVOcell,” utilizes a patented intravaginal device rather than a petri dish or laboratory incubator to sustain an embryo through its earliest days.

What is the INVOcell procedure like?

Before your INVOcell procedure, Dr. Smith may first prescribe medication that gently stimulates ovulation. Depending on your circumstances, however, you may not require ovarian stimulation before INVOcell.

Once the eggs are harvested and the sperm is collected, they’re transferred together into the INVOcell device, which is immediately placed within the upper vaginal canal.

The device remains comfortably in place for several days, during which fertilization and embryo development occur. 

Following this period of incubation, Dr. Smith removes the INVOcell device and examines the embryo(s) under a microscope. She then transfers the selected embryo(s) to the uterus where implantation and pregnancy can proceed.

What are the benefits of INVOcell?

The benefits of INVOcell include:

Natural rather than laboratory incubation

Many couples prefer the psychological benefits available with the more natural, in vivo incubation INVOcell offers. The device’s design also provides a more stable temperature and pH balance for the developing embryo than traditional IVF.

High success rate

The INVOcell procedure’s success rate is equivalent to that of traditional IVF. At Rocky Mountain Fertility Center, our success rate for IVF without PGT is approximately 65% for women under 35. This is well above the national average.

Significantly reduced cost

Unfortunately, the high cost of fertility treatments is often a barrier for couples who are hoping to achieve their dream of becoming parents.

Not everyone is a candidate for INVOcell, but when compared to traditional IVF, it requires fewer office visits, decreases the need for medically induced ovarian stimulation, and eliminates the necessity of laboratory incubation. These factors significantly reduce the cost of INVOcell versus traditional IVF treatments.

For a thorough evaluation and comprehensive, patient-focused care regarding infertility issues, schedule a visit at one of America’s most successful fertility treatment centers. Call one of offices in Parker, Colorado, or Rapid City, South Dakota, or book your appointment online.

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