Invocell Specialist

Rocky Mountain Fertility Center

Reproductive Endocrinologists & Infertility Specialists located in Parker, CO & Rapid City, SD

Invocell Q & A

 

What is INVOCELL?

INVOCELL is an intravaginal embryo culture system where the INVOCELL device holds eggs and sperm in your body for fertilization, incubation, and embryo development. INVOCELL uses your body as an incubator for your growing embryos. INVOCELL is a low-cost, highly successful IVF process.

Am I a candidate for INVOCELL?

After your provider reviews your medical history, egg quality test results, semen analysis results, imaging, or other diagnostic tests, your Rocky Mountain Fertility Center provider lets you know if you’re a good candidate for INVOCELL. INVOCELL might be the right choice for you if you have:

  • Ovulation problems

  • Unexplained infertility

  • Previous tubal ligation

  • Fallopian tube damage or blockage

  • Involved in a same sex relationship and both female partners want to participate in the pregnancy

  • If you are less than 38 years of age

  • If you have good quality eggs and if your partner or sperm donor has good quality sperm

What should I expect during INVOCELL?

INVOCELL is a multiple-step process that includes:

Stimulation: Taking fertility drugs to increase egg production

To increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy with INVOCELL, your doctor uses fertility medications in the form of injections to increase the number of eggs available for fertilization. With INVOCELL, greater than 6 eggs is best for the highest chance of success.

Ultrasound monitoring:

Your provider uses ultrasound to determine if your eggs are growing at the correct rate. When the follicles that contain the eggs are large enough, the egg retrieval is planned.

Egg Retrieval:

During the egg retrieval, eggs are obtained from the follicles using a needle while you’re under sedation.

Loading the INVOCELL device:

The specialists at Rocky Mountain Fertility Center will process your partner’s ejaculated sperm sample or thaw a sample from a sperm donor. The egg and sperm are then placed in the intravaginal culture system that measures approximately 1.5 inches tall by 1 inch wide and worn in the vagina for 3-5 days to allow for fertilization and embryo growth. You should not feel any discomfort while this device is in your body.

This process relies on the natural environment inside your vagina. Therefore, you should avoid strenuous activities or activities that may change the temperature of your vagina such as sexual intercourse, swimming, taking a bath/soaking in the hot tub, douching, or exercising.

Embryo transfer:

After the INVOCELL device has been left in the vagina for 5 days, you will return to Rocky Mountain Fertility Center to remove the INVOCELL device. The embryologist will prepare an embryo created and the fertility specialist will transfer them into your uterus. The procedure is often painless, but you might experience some mild cramping.

Is INVOCELL right for me?

The fertility specialists at Rocky Mountain Fertility Center will let you know if INVOCELL is right for you after reviewing your medical history, completing a pelvic exam, and using blood, imaging, or other diagnostic tests to determine if you are a good candidate or if INVOCELL is not the treatment for you.

Please call Rocky Mountain Fertility Center to learn more about INVOCELL and to find out if you are a good candidate, or use the online booking tool today.