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Invocell at Fertility Partnership

  1. Invocell at Fertility Partnership

The cost of  Invocell cycle is $4750, before meds (less than 2k)

Fertility Partnership offers In-Vitro Fertilization  based on the device called Invocell.  The general idea is that the body is used as the incubator and many of the costs of the laboratory are saved. The device has been in use for many years and has gained popularity as we learn how to maximize its benefits. Its high success rates and lower costs are fueling its growing popularity. Dr. Elan Simckes, Medical Director Fertility Partnership, performed some of the earliest testing of the device in 2006.

Invocell is a small container in which eggs and sperm or fertilized eggs are placed. The capsule is then placed in the vagina where the temperature is correct and embryos grow.   Fresh sperm from a partner or frozen sperm from a donor may be used. We typically perform ICSI to ensure maximal fertilization (no extra charge). The Invocell device is then placed into the patient’s vagina and she carries it usually for 5 days. Embryos are formed and maintained in the device, avoiding the expense of the laboratory. After 5 days the device is removed, the embryos are retrieved and they are then placed in the uterus just as you would in IVF. Invocell attains nearly the success rates of the more traditional forms of IVF, at a much lower cost.

Invocell is for most couples, but is not ideal for couples who have “unexplained Infertility”. Those couples want their embryos observed as they develop which is not possible with Invocell. It is not intended for couples who want their embryos to undergo genetic testing. It is great for those who do not want extra embyos to freeze although sometimes that happens.

Invocell can be used in couples where the man has low sperm count. ICSI, or Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Instillation, is used where individual sperm are collected and directly introduced to the egg. Invocell can be used for men who have had a vasectomy- often less than the cost of the vasectomy reversal!

Invocell is ideal for same-sex, lesbian couples who typically begin their journey for family with IUIs, Intrauterine Inseminations. The cost of one Invocell round is less than the average cost of the 4-5 rounds of IUI required to achieve the success rate of one round of Invocell. This is a financial advantage over IUI. Also, one partner can donate the eggs, the other carries the device for 5 days, the embryos are then placed in the original (egg retrieved ) partner. That way both parents have “carried” the baby.

Invocell requires less time at the clinic, fewer blood tests, and significantly fewer medications.  It costs less also for the fact that the embryos are in You, not the lab.

Invocell program saves thousands of dollars.

For more information regarding Invocell call our office at 636-441-7770 and we will be happy to give you more information. Ask for our IVF coordinators.


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58 Responses
    1. Dr. Elan Simckes

      Yes, this is an excellent choice for infertility based on a tubal factor. We just
      want to be sure you do not have a lot of fluid in your tubes. This is done by ultrasound.

      1. Dr. Elan Simckes

        Hola, tengo entendido que sus tubos están removidos o quemados. Necesita FIV o reparación de tubos. Lea acerca de “Invocell”, ya que es una buena alternativa. Entonces llámanos al 636441 7770

        La FIV cuesta aproximadamente 8900 más medicamentos, pero Invocell es casi la mitad. Podrías ser un candidato.

    1. Hazel J UrbinaRuiz

      Hola ! Tengo 31 años. Soy soltera, pero quiero y deseo tener mi hijo. He decidido cotizar y leer sobre clinica de inseminación invitro. Quiero saber cuanto es el costo. Vivo en EEUU.

      1. Dr. Elan Simckes


        This is the Dr. Writing to you. Do you know why you were unable to get pregnant on your own? Please call the office at (636)-441-7770 to setup time for us to speak. Let you can message me through Facebook. Just go to a Facebook side and that we will be easy for me to use google translate to communicate with you. I don’t know exactly what type of treatment you need. Maybe we can figure it out 🙂

  1. Deanna Hall

    I have had all the testing and pre procedures completed and labs have been completed My wife and I are ready to go in the next steps for egg retrieval and fertilization Would like to know if you all can help

    1. Donna stambaugh

      Hi, I have had my tubes, and 1 ovary, removed, I do still have 1 ovary. Can you still help me get pregnant. And I would need eggs removed and sperm added 2 them, then put them in my uterus, can u please let me no if u can help. Also what the cost is. Please and thks.

    1. Dr. Elan Simckes


      sorry for the delay in my response. The answer is no, Invocell is not a good option for this because the device and
      the protocols are designed to not “max out” the number of embryos made. it is designed for fresh transfers although freezing (which is required for gender selection)
      is possible. You would need traditional IVF.

  2. Minetta

    Will this apply to me I have 2 daughter but had 2 topic pregnancy had both of my tube removed would like to have one more how much does the medication cost tho

    1. Dr. Elan Simckes


      Yes, absolutely, but we would want to asses the ovarian reserve, the sperm analysis and your anatomy. I want to do an ultrasound.
      You are the perfect candidate if all is in order.

    1. Dr. Elan Simckes

      Yes, you are a very good candidate. We’re still perform the icsi on our patients and so he is OK as long as he has some good moving sperm.

    1. Dr. Elan Simckes

      Izzy, well I am not sure if your tubes are actually open so that would need to be checked. At age 44 I want to check your egg reserve. As the sperm been tested? If eggs and sperm of reasonable then we could do iInvocell

    2. Stacci Williams

      Hello Dr. Simckes,,
      I had my tubal ligation at 28 and will be 43 in a few months. I am looking at tubal reversal options as well as IVF and now I see Invocell could be a possibility. Do you think I could have a decent chance at conceiving?

  3. Hannah Lara

    Hi I’m 25, have had a tubal ligation where they removed both tubes, I have 2 children and have been a surrogate delivering twins so I know my amh level it’s 6.99. Totally interested in invocell but I’m wondering how much does the medication cost?

  4. Krista

    Hello.. I turned 47 in July.. I was forced into a tubal by my ex husband my last daughter… the women in my family have children very late into life with no issues ( mom and I were pregnancy at the same time) I would like smother with my husband.. am is good candidate.. always very regular cycles on the dot.

    1. Dr. Elan Simckes

      Well Krista, 47 bis the upper limit. I believe the oldest “assisted pregnancy with own eggs” was 47. I would want to evaluate your egg reserve and then decide. 6364417770

  5. Stephanie

    I had both mines removed and trying to find a clinic that can work with my budget I lost twins 2017 at 4 weeks right tube removed and had another 2019 left tube removed and I been searching for one im live 4 hrs maybe 3hrs away from St. Louis I would like to start by the end of next year and it says it cost abt 5000 if that’s true I would love to do this and possible use two of my embryos to make up for my twins I 😞

    1. Dr. Elan Simckes

      Please make an appt. to visit and discuss your plan. It sounds reasonable. I am sorry to hear about your loss…. maybe we can help.

  6. Nicole White

    I am 39 and my tubes are tied, I do not have a regular period and I was told my egg count is very low . Could I have this procedure?

  7. Pearl

    Hello I just completed my myomectomy (removal of all my fibroids) and I have been given a clean bill to proceed. I am trying to do the invo cell to help facilitate me get pregnant and I am 31. Will this help with having twins as well I am open to any options wether 1 or twins.

    1. Dr. Elan Simckes

      We would be delighted to help you. Please call the office at 6364417770. we will need to negotiate the twins, lol, it depends on your myomectomy.
      Dr Simckes

  8. Sandra

    I have my tubes tied and my husband had a vasectomy, but before any of this happened I had no troubles getting pregnant and he had no troubles getting anyone pregnant. That is our only obstacle is that we are both fixed. Will I still need all the meds and everything else?

    1. Dr. Elan Simckes

      this is a very typical scenario for us and I believe Invocell is a great option.
      You will need meds, we superovulate you (meds for more eggs) but probably half as much as regular IVF.
      Your hubby will need me to extract his sperm by TEFNA.
      We can schedule a phone consult if you are out of town.

  9. Becca

    I have 2 kids, and I had a tubal ligation and a abrasion of my uterus. At the time I didn’t want kids(was a single mom). I’m now married to my wife and she wants kids but doesn’t want to carry them. Would I be able to carry them? Would this procedure work for us?

    1. Dr. Elan Simckes

      There are some programs that, under certain conditions, would be willing to transfer to a post-ablation uterus. Most would not because the pregnancies can be difficult.
      If you have regular periods, your lining looks thick enough and does not have scar tissue, then we would consider it.

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