BONUS 315: INVOcell

Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Sue Ellen Carpenter, founding physician and CEO of Bloom Fertility in Atlanta. 

Dr. Carpenter and Heather discuss INVOcell as an alternative to IVF:


  • I’d like to start by introducing you to our audience. Tell us who you are, where you work, what you do, and how you got to where you are today.
  • Take us through your career journey.
  • Why did you choose to go into medicine?
  • I understand, although you did not go through infertility yourself, that your children experienced infertility. Are you able to tell us their stories?



  • Let’s start with the basics of the INVOcell device itself.
  • How does the process work, and how does it feel to the patient? Can you walk us through it step-by-step?
  • I always thought that anesthesia is used in IVF because of the pain involved in the procedure. Is that not the case?
  • What should patients be doing during the incubation period for INVOcell?
  • Since the transfers are always fresh transfers, are you able to save any embryos afterward for freezing?
  • Is there a typical patient who would benefit from INVOcell?
  • I presume that INVOcell can also be used with donor sperm?
  • How does INVOcell compare to IVF as far as success rates?
  • Do you know offhand how many pregnancies and live births have occurred with the use of INVOcell?
  • Are there any other benefits to INVOcell as compared to IVF that you haven’t discussed?
  • Is INVOcell ever used to bank embryos?
  • How often can INVOcell be used? Is there a limit?
  • We’ve talked a lot about the benefits of INVOcell, but are there any risks?
  • Do you know where the idea for INVOcell came from originally?
  • Since that initial idea, what materials and manufacturing practices went into the development that we know today?
  • Once it entered the market and was used routinely, has INVOcell changed?
  • Where is INVOcell being used?
  • Speaking more broadly, are there any trends you have witnessed in women struggling with infertility?



  • What is your biggest piece of advice for people struggling with infertility?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add about INVOcell?

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