My husband and I had been trying for a baby for over five years. After many tests left our infertility unexplained and three failed IUIs, we were given the opportunity to join the INVOcell trial at CARE. I was hesitant to go the trial route at first, fearing complications or disappointment if the success rates weren’t as high as traditional treatments, but several factors about INVOcell convinced us that it was a good match for us as our first shot at IVF: I liked that I’d be treated with the same fertility medications that traditional IVF patients received and in lower doses; all the research I could find indicated that INVOcell was experiencing similar success rates to traditional IVF without additional risk to patients or the children conceived and it has already been approved in several other countries; and, of course, it was considerably more affordable than traditional IVF.
I befriended another girl in the study who was in the control group because our egg retrievals were scheduled one after the other and we were waiting in the OR prep area together. After comparing notes, I know the whole INVOcell procedure was basically the same as her traditional IVF other than a very short extra visit for me in which the device was inserted a few hours after the egg retrieval. When the doctor was positioning the device there was a little pressure, but nothing too uncomfortable, and after that I really barely noticed that it was there for the five-day incubation period. I felt fine and free to go about my normal routine that week. (My husband and I like to say that our son went to his first concert that weekend.) After the five days, the INVOcell device was taken out, and CARE let us know that we had one perfect 5AA embryo to transfer. Nine days later, on Thanksgiving Day, my new friend and I both got the good news from CARE that we were pregnant. Thankful, to say the least.
The doctors, nurses, and staff at CARE all made an incredibly trying journey through infertility manageable. They made the many required office visits as convenient as possible around my work schedule and were pleasant and prompt while I was there. They made my husband and I feel comfortable throughout every personal procedure. They explained the complicated medication schedules and instructions clearly and patiently.
A year later, my husband and I are blessed to have a perfect, healthy baby boy in our lives–our first child, whom we have dreamed about through 13 years of marriage and before. We are so pleased that we could be a part of the INVOcell trial and hope that our participation in it helps bring about the same opportunity–a new safe and affordable assisted reproduction option–for other Americans struggling with infertility.
– Rebecca G.