In 1990, 1 in 10 couples were having trouble conceiving. Those numbers are rising. Today 1 in 6 Canadian couples are having a hard time conceiving! It’s possible that you or someone you know has had fertility issues. That’s a startling number!
What has changed?
Rising fertility issues are related to environmental and lifestyle factors. Forty percent of diagnoses are attributed to the male, 40% to the female and 20% are diagnosed as unexplained. For men, estrogen levels are higher than ever before resulting in low sperm counts, motility and morphology issues while female factors include imbalanced vaginal pH, diminishing ovarian reserve, PCOS, endometriosis, etc.
Women are also trying to conceive later in life; the chances drop from 25 for women aged 20-25 to 5% chance per month of conceiving for women aged 40. There are limited options available for those initially struggling and treatments today are slow, invasive and costly.
I haven’t gone through infertility issues but I know many who have which is why I’m happy to share some information about a new product for couples trying to conceive.
The Stork by Rinovum Womens Health was created to help couples become pregnant from the privacy of their own home with their unique cervical cap insemination product. Physicians have used cervical cap insemination as a treatment for infertility since the 1950’s. The Stork allows for you to use this same process as an at home fertility treatment and at home conception aid.
CEO and Founder of The Stork, Steve Bollinger, says the best time to use The Stork when sex is no longer for fun but to just for trying to conceive! The product is a condom-like collection in a tampon like delivery system.
The Stork is drug free, latex free, doesn’t require injections or surgery, easy to use, it has three steps and is, cost-effective. This at home conception aid can be done in the privacy of your own home and puts the control in the hands of the couple.
How does it work?
A cervical cap in a condom-like silicone sheath is used to collect semen into a cervical cap and then placed near the cervix os for 4-6 where it can then enter and travel through the uterus to the fallopian tubes where fertilization occurs.
There are three steps to using The Stork. First, the male will put on a condom-like sheath. This is the Conceptacle which is used to collect and contain the semen during intercourse. The Conceptacle consists of a cervical cap that is inside of a condom-like sheath made out of silicone. The male will put this on for intercourse.
Once the semen is collected, the condom-like sheath of the Conceptacle is rolled down and off of the cervical cap that is inside at the bottom of the Conceptacle, much like rolling a condom off.
Then, the cervical cap is placed onto the included Applicator that cradles the cap, compressing it for ease of tracking into the vagina to the opening of the cervical os. The cervical cap allows the semen to stay close to the region that it needs to be near to swim up through to get to the egg. The female will keep the cap for 4-6 hours, and then remove by pulling the string, much like a tampon.
Here is a video to show how The Stork works.
The Stork is FDA approved and also approved in Canada where it’s newly available this month. The Stork is a very affordable for couples trying to conceive and are looking to try at home fertility treatments and at home conception aids, compared to the costs of intrauterine inseminations (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies. The Stork is available to purchase from Amazon.ca for a cost of $126.99.
The Stork recommends that you use it no more than three times per month. If after six months you haven’t been successful, please go see your physician to discuss more aggressive treatment options.