I’m pregnant with baby number four, but it didn’t happen right away.
With my first child, we got pregnant right away. When trying for baby number two, it took us six months. Baby number three thankfully happened right away too. This time, it took us a good six months as well.
Now, I know that’s not a lot of time. Especially for those of you that have been trying for years, but I do know the anxiety and sadness that comes from getting your period each month. The waiting and hoping, then nothing. It’s hard, no matter how long you’ve been trying.
Did you know? – Today, approximately 7.3 million couples (1 in 6 couples) in the United States have difficulty conceiving.
I am so so grateful that we never had to turn to any drugs or treatments to get pregnant. And I’m also thankful that there’s something out there for families to try, at the first signs of infertility. For some of you that may be just a few months, or maybe a year or more.
What is The Stork?
The Stork is a drug-free, low cost, safe and natural product that you can use in the privacy of your own home, before having to turn to drugs or procedures.
Created by Rinovum – a Pittsburgh, PA-based, privately held women’s health company dedicated to bringing products into the market that will enhance women’s lives and empower them to take charge of their health.
The Stork uses cervical cap insemination for at-home insemination – which physicians have been using as a treatment for infertility since the 1950′s. However, The Stork allows for you to use this same process in the privacy of your home.
The product, which includes a cervical cap in a condom-like silicone sheath, is used to collect semen into a cervical cap and then delivers the cap to the outside of the cervix as an aid to conception. The cervical cap is used to place the semen near the cervical os for 4-6 hours (the cervical os is the passage between the vaginal cavity and the uterus) where it then enters and travels through the uterus to the fallopian tubes where fertilization occurs. The cervical cap allows for the female to return to her normal activities right after placement.
The Conceptacle 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. 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.
The applicator allows for delivery of the cervical cap containing the semen to the cervical os. Once the semen has been collected, 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.
Here’s a little how to video (if you’re interested):
Right now, IntraCervical Insemination (ICI) has about a 10-20% success rate, which is around the same as IntraUterine Insemination (IUI).
If you or someone you know is struggling with conceiving, and are looking into that next step, check out The Stork. All you need is a prescription from your doctor to order a kit. And hopefully soon, you’ll even be able to purchase it over-the-counter.
It makes me happy to see something so simple available to women and couples that are needing a little help.
*Disclosure: I received compensation for my participation in a webinar, and sharing this info with you. The Stork info was provided, however all opinions are my own and I was really excited to participate in this campaign and share this info with you. I never heard of The Stork before this past month, but I can’t wait to share about it with everyone!!