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Is Cervical Cap Insemination Right for You?
a blog by Jennifer A. Redmond, August 9, 2013
For many women who are not getting pregnant right away it’s all about the timing, or actually, lack of timing. A woman’s fertile window is usually 3 to 5 days during her menstrual cycle. You ovulate, and the sperm needs to reach the egg within 12 to 24 hours after ovulation. Sperm can live in the body 3 to 5 days, so you can get pregnant with intercourse just before or after ovulation.
If you’ve gotten the timing down - perhaps you’re one of those lucky women with a regular cycle, by charting your BBT, or with the help of an ovulation predictor kit - and you still have not gotten a positive pregnancy test after a couple of months, and there are no known infertility risk factors, you might need some gentle assistance. That’s where The Stork might come in. Steven Bollinger, Founder and CEO, says what his product intends to do is “nudge some very important components together,” namely the sperm and the egg.
The Stork, an at-home option for women trying to optimize their path to conception, features the cleverly named Conceptacle®. It’s a condom-like sheath that contains a cervical cap which collects semen during intercourse and then is placed close to the cervix. According to Bollinger, The Stork method treats mild male factor infertility related to low sperm count or motility and female issues such as hostile cervical mucus. Bollinger says his company is currently involved in studies to see if The Stork might also optimize conception in couples who have immunological response issues.
“Our technology is used for a clear indication when couples are using sex for propagation and want to achieve their goal quicker at home,” Bollinger says. The FDA-approved product claims a 10 to 20 percent success rate and is available by prescription.
The Stork is a first-line treatment for women and couples trying to conceive. If you are under the age of 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for one year, 35 or older and have been trying for six months, or have any risk factors for infertility, you should schedule a consultation with a reproductive endocrinologist.