Deciding to have children can be an exciting next step in a relationship. While my life was much different before having my children, I think most of us parents can agree that it’s completely worth it. Everything changes when you become a parent and while I was fortunate in being able to conceive with no problem at all, unfortunately that is not true for many couples.
These couples learn that there are options available to increase their chances of conceiving, but many can be very expensive and out of reach.
Then along came The Stork!
Recently approved for sale in Canada, The Stork Conception System is designed for assisted insemination in instances where low sperm count, sperm immobility, or hostile vaginal environment has been diagnosed. Basically, The Stork helps bridge the gap between natural intercourse and in-clinic, assisted treatments such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF) or clomifene.
“Research demonstrates that alternative options are highly welcome among Canadians with three-quarters of individuals struggling with infertility being likely to try an at-home conception aid available without a prescription,” says Stephen Bollinger, President and CEO of Rinovum Women’s Health and the creator of The Stork. “We’re delighted to launch The Stork in Canada as it provides couples with a feasible, non-invasive option to support natural, at-home conception.”
In addition to being innovative and cost-effective, The Stork also solves the problem of accessibility as it is sold over-the-counter in drug stores such as Rexall™ and London Drugs® pharmacies.
Check out this great PDF infographic: The Stork Infographic
BUT HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Stork works by collecting semen into a cervical cap, which is located at the bottom of a condom-like sheath. The applicator then delivers the cervical cap, containing the semen, to the entrance of the cervix. The cervical cap is left next to the cervix for four to six hours and then removed using a tampon like pull chord. The cervical cap keeps the semen as close to the cervix as possible, to allow sperm to swim up to the egg. Normal daily activities can be carried out whilst the cervical cap is in place. It is recommended that The Stork be used just before and/or during ovulation.
Did You Know…?
- The road to parenthood for those struggling to conceive can be taxing – financially, emotionally and psychologically. Many individuals will experience isolation, loneliness and desperation.
- Increasingly, Canadians experiencing infertility, as well as single parents and same-sex couples are turning to assisted human reproduction (AHR) procedures to help build their families.
- IVF, for example, is not universally publicly funded in Canada and out-of-pocket costs can range from $8,000 – $14,500.
- According to a recent survey, 1 in 4 Canadian couples struggling with infertility said they rarely talk about anything other than infertility and over half of respondents say that they no longer have spontaneity in their sex life.
- New technologies are now available in Canada as a first-step in the conception process; helping bridge the gap between natural conception and AHR techniques.
Disclaimer: I received compensation, however as always opinions are my own. I only share products in which I have researched and feel my readers would benefit.