INVOcell™ Featured In The Atlantic
Recently INVOcell™ was featured in The Atlantic article Growing Cheaper Embryos for IVF Inside the Vagina.
As the number of U.S. babies born as a result of fertility treatment tops 1 million—an all-time high—clinics are under pressure to keep up to date with pricey lab equipment that can create, develop, and test embryos. But some fertility doctors have started to offer a new low-tech device that enables a woman to incubate them in her own body.
The catch: She grows them inside her vagina.
A doctor places a mixture of surgically extracted eggs and sperm inside a device that looks like a tiny acrylic saltshaker and inserts it deep into a patient’s vaginal canal near her cervix. That’s where it will hover, like a thimble-sized satellite, for up to five days until the doctor retrieves it, removes the resulting embryos and transfers one or more to her uterus in the hopes of creating a pregnancy. “It’s like having a tampon in the vagina,” explains Kevin Doody, a Dallas reproductive endocrinologist who’s led studies on the device, called INVOcell, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2015. “It’s not going to come out.”
It’s a concept designed to appeal to patients who prefer a less tech-heavy approach to scientific baby-making.
Read the full article here.