For many couples, the decision to try to have children and start a family is an exciting and treasured time. This decision can easily become a source of stress for couples experiencing long-term difficulty getting pregnant. While some methods and tools exist to assist those who need a little help getting pregnant, many of these aids are expensive and invasive. There is, however, good news for the one in six couples that struggle with infertility.
For the first time, an over-the-counter conception device – The Stork® OTC – is available. It's for anyone who wants to optimize their chances of conceiving a child in an easy, low stress, more natural way. Below, learn more about The Stork® OTC and how to use it.
About The Stork OTC
The Stork OTC (known as The Stork in the UK) is an innovative, FDA cleared, over-the-counter medical device that’s designed to help couples become pregnant.
It used a natural insemination technique, called cervical cap insemination, and can be used in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
How does The Stork OTC work?
The Stork OTC uses a condom‐like sheath to collect sperm and an applicator for tampon‐like application of the cervical cap, which helps to deliver the sperm to the cervical opening. That’s it!
Thanks to its easy-to-use design, The Stork OTC can assist couples in overcoming several major conception barriers. The technique used by The Stork OTC, known as cervical cap insemination, is especially helpful in preventing the back-flow of semen into the vagina and in buffering weaker or lower sperm counts from a sub-optimal vaginal environment. And because The Stork OTC addresses common fertility issues such as these, it’s a great alternative for couples who aren’t able to undergo – or who aren’t comfortable with undergoing – more invasive conception and fertility procedures.
How To Use The Stork OTC
The Stork OTC only consists of two main parts: the Conceptacle® and the applicator. The Conceptacle consists of a cervical cap that is inside of a “condom‐like” sheath made out of silicone. The applicator allows you to easily place the cervical cap in place at your cervix. This helps the sperm in the cap bypass the vaginal canal. This method allows for the sperm enters the cervical canal directly. If timed correctly, it may swim up to and fertilize an egg, resulting in conception.
Here’s a simple three-step overview of how couples would go about using The Stork OTC to help in their efforts to become pregnant:
Step One: Prepare the cervical cap for use.
Before placing the cervical cap over the cervix, you will use the Conceptacle® to collect and hold the sperm.* Once the semen is collected, you can take the sheath off of the Conceptacle and remove the cervical cap located at the bottom. This process will be much like rolling a condom off after sex.
*In the event that you are using donor sperm, there are directions available to guide this method. Male partner will wear during sex, or he can put the sample right into the cap.
Step Two: Place the cervical cap at the cervix.
Once the required sperm has been collected for use, the woman places the cervical cap into the applicator part of The Stork OTC. She then uses the applicator to insert the cap into the vagina and up to the opening of the cervix.
Step Three: Remember to remove the cap.
The woman can carry on with her regular daily activities while the cervical cap is in place. The cervical cap should be left next to the cervix for 4 - 6 hours, and then removed using the attached string.
Want to see a more in-depth explanation of how a couple would use The Stork® OTC? This video offers a step-by-step guide, with visual guidelines:
Stop Worrying And Keep Trying With The Stork OTC
If you’ve been experiencing any difficulty getting pregnant, The Stork OTC may be the helping hand you need. Before considering more expensive and invasive procedures, consider using The Stork OTC. It will allow you to easily try to conceive in the comfort of your home.