I have a feeling that the last thing a person someone facing infertility or looking for more information on in home infertility treatments wants to hear is anything coming from someone who didn't actually have any problems with conception. After all, the extent of my ability to help with conception is to advise you on where to buy bulk pregnancy tests.
Note: I recently wrote about infertility and home insemination again. Check out my newest article about how to treat infertility at home!
The truth is, I didn't experience any issues conceiving or carrying my own two children, but that's not why I'm writing this post.
I'm writing it for everyone who needs more information on fertility treatments, on the “What should we do?” and “Where do we start?” and even, “What should I do next?” sort of questions in relation to conception, fertility and treatments.
I have a dear friend who has experienced infertility issues for most of the six years of her marriage.
While I'm so proud of her many brave faces while dealing with well-meaning questions and answers about when she was going to have a baby, I hated that our society had created an atmosphere that made all of us so uncomfortable to discuss the fact that she and her husband truly were struggling with getting pregnant.
Now, I'm wondering if maybe, just maybe, if one of us catches on to the fact that someone we know, someone we're talking to (even if it's someone we just met) might be having difficulty conceiving, we can bring up a new treatment for fertility.
Let's start talking about a new, lower-priced option for assisted conception: The Stork.
Home Insemination? Really?
If you haven't experienced issues conceiving and you're not familiar with the costs of physician-assisted treatments, the national average costs are astounding. IUI (intrauterine insemination) costs between $1000 and $5000 per cycle. IVF (in-vitro fertilization) costs between $12,000 and $20,000. Per cycle.
The Stork, which is ICI (intracervical insemination) has a 10-20% success rate, which is about the same as IUI. Plus, when used three times per cycle, the cost of using The Stork is $210 for the full month.
The Stork conception system is prescribed for assisted home insemination in instances where low sperm count, sperm immobility or hostile vaginal environment has been diagnosed. It's far more affordable than traditional options like IUI and IVF due to a variety of factors, but the in-home approach is a big factor in keeping costs comparatively lower.
While I haven't used it, the entire system The Stork is offering actually sounds do-able and looks easy to master!
How does home insemination with The Stork work?
The Stork system is an FDA authorized prescription product comprised of a cervical cap and an applicator. A latex-free, condom-like sheath is used to collect semen into a cervical cap. That cap is then attached to an applicator that's similar to a tampon to deliver the semen to the outside of the cervix to aid in conception.
While The Stork is currently available only with a prescription from a doctor, midwife or nurse practitioner. Once you have a prescription in -hand, you can place an order online or your clinic can order The Stork for you. Even better, the people at Rinovum are working hard to get The Stork on shelves as an over-the-counter product in 2014. That means we may be able to share about a fertility treatment, a home insemination product that can be purchased in drugstores as early as next year!
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Have you experienced infertility or considered fertility treatments?