How is IVF with INVOcell® Different?

Feb 01, 2024
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Considering in vitro fertilization (IVF) to address your fertility issues? Learn how the Effortless IVF™ process using the innovating INVOcell® technique differs from traditional IVF, and find out how it can benefit you.

When it comes to addressing infertility, a deep understanding of the factors that can impact your ability to conceive is vital. Our expert team at Effortless IVF™ in Fort Worth and Bedford, Texas, emphasizes the significance of these factors for individuals and couples planning to start or expand their families. 

In vitro fertilization (IVF) has transformed the prospects of parenting for many who face fertility challenges. Traditional IVF methods have been a cornerstone in this field, but recent advancements have introduced an innovative approach: Effortless IVF™ with INVOcell®. 

This new method offers a unique take on IVF, presenting differences that could be game-changers for many couples. Here, Dr. Kevin Doody and Dr. Kathleen Doody explain what makes IVF with INVOcell different.

Comparing traditional IVF with INVOcell

The core distinction between traditional IVF and Effortless IVF with the INVOcell device lies in the fertilization and embryo development process. In traditional IVF, eggs and sperm are fertilized in a laboratory setting. The resulting embryos are cultivated in external incubators before being transferred to the uterus for implantation. 

The INVOcell device

By comparison, INVOcell is a small, ground-breaking IVF device that holds the eggs and sperm, facilitating fertilization and early embryo development within the woman's body. This process, known as intravaginal culture (IVC), mimics the natural conception environment — including similar temperature, oxygen ratios, and pH balance — much more closely than lab conditions.

After five days in the woman’s body, the INVOcell is removed and the healthiest embryo is placed back within the uterus for implantation. If there are additional embryos from the process, they can be frozen and used as-needed in the future.

Cost and accessibility

One of the standout advantages of IVF with INVOcell is its affordability. The reduction in laboratory work and equipment significantly lowers costs, making it a more accessible option for many couples and parents-to-be.

Success rates and psychological benefits

While traditional IVF boasts established success rates, INVOcell is showing promise with comparable birth rates to traditional IVF in early studies. Not only is the physical process of INVOcell less invasive, but it also tends to be less emotionally and psychologically taxing, offering a more patient-centric experience.

Suitability for traditional IVF vs. INVOcell

The suitability of a couple for either traditional IVF or Effortless IVF with INVOcell largely depends on their specific fertility issues and overall health.

Traditional IVF candidates

Traditional IVF is suitable for couples with issues like blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, severe male-factor infertility, and unexplained infertility. It's also a preferred choice for those who’ve had previous unsuccessful fertility treatments or for women with ovulation disorders, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids. 

INVOcell candidates

Effortless IVF with the INVOcell is typically recommended for those with mild male-factor infertility, mild endometriosis, or issues with ovulation that are not due to ovarian reserve problems. INVOcell is also a good option for younger couples with unexplained infertility.

INVOcell might not be the ideal choice for couples where the female partner has significantly diminished ovarian reserves, or where advanced embryonic genetic testing is required.

Find out if INVOcell is right for you

Effortless IVF with INVOcell is an innovative fertility approach that offers a compelling alternative to traditional IVF.  Give us a call today to learn more about the INVOcell process and find out if you’re a candidate, or click online to schedule a visit at your nearest Effortless IVF™ office in Fort Worth or Bedford, Texas, any time.