The Stork comes home. #TheStork

IMG_20131111_160127868_HDR{ disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Motherhood and The Stork. As always ALL opinions expressed in this post are my own. }

Fertility is a very emotional and private issue.  Even my own personal fertility issues, while in the past are still very private, between my husband and I only.  We don’t talk much about that period in our lives. In fact, there was very little talk about fertility during that time overall.  A part of it is my culture, but a part of it is the overwhelming disappointment of a process that we assume is suppose to happen so naturally.  It was a very isolating time when it didn’t have to be.  Turns out, if we had the conversation, we would have all learned its not as easy to conceive as we thought.  Your chance of conceiving naturally is around 25% or as little as 5% depending on your age.

Regardless of those numbers, when couples are faced with fertility issues, it can be emotionally straining on the relationship.  The whole beautiful process of creating a life has to be broken down to a science.  When you finally are ready to seek help, the options that were available were painful in more ways than one.  My husband and I went the IVF route and all those rounds of shots were no fun at all.  When IVF fails, its devastating.  At 12,000-20,000 a try, many can’t afford to do it once, let alone twice.  If successful, it’s wasn’t without it’s risks.  IVF can lead to multiple gestation which places the pregnancy in the high risk category.  Many of those pregnancies result in premature births, infants in the NICU and expensive medical treatments and possible lifelong health issues for the child(ren).  Mothers are also at higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer due to the intensive hormone medications the body is put through during treatment.

This is all assuming the couple is ready to go the medical route, which is the hardest decision for many couples to get to.  Finally there is a middle ground.  A compromise that still allows the naturally beautiful process of creating a life take place.  The Stork Conception System, a prescription system,  is indicated for assisted insemination in instances where low sperm count, sperm immobility, or hostile vaginal environment has been diagnosed. The system (cervical cap in a condom-like silicone sheath) is used to collect semen into a cervical cap, and then deliver the cap to the outside of the cervix as an aid to conception. It is to be used at home following physician instructions. You can see a full video for how to use The Stork kit here.

What I love about The Stork is that is a less medical procedure before taking that step to IUI or IVF.  It’s still something left up to you and your spouse.  Not to mention the price point isn’t as prohibitive as IUI or IVF.  At around $79 each, or $215 for a cycle (3 Storks), it’s cost effective fertility treatment that gives hope and accessibility to so many more people.

Because of the low price on The Stork, many physicians are prescribing couples to do this process three times during a women’s optimal ovulation cycle.  Rinovum and its physician advisors suggests using The Stork for up to six months before moving on to a more aggressive treatment option. All fertility treatment options should be discussed with your healthcare provider to ensure you are selecting the most appropriate option specific to you. Some physicians today are using The Stork with existing assisted reproduction techniques like ovulation prediction and ovulation drugs.   Although not covered by insurance, Rinovum is making strides towards making this life changing product available over the counter, eliminating the need for a prescription.

Ask your doctor if The Stork is right for you and your spouse!