Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Some Babies Can Be Brought by the Stork

Did you know that roughly 1 in 6 Canadian couples struggle with infertility? Infertility can have many causes and generally is defined as lack of conception (while trying!) after a period of 1 year, in women under 35, or 6 months, in women over 35.  Infertility can lie with the man, woman, or both. According to the Healthy Canadians website:
  • 3 times out of 10, the cause is in men.
  • 4 times out of 10, the cause is in women.
  • 2 times out of 10, the cause is a mix of factors from both male and female.
  • 1 time out of 10, at first, no specific cause can be found.

For me and my husband, our infertility lasted 5 years, and we were in that "lucky" 1 out of 10 group. We tried charting, saliva tests, fertility drugs, IUI, IVF - pretty much everything available to us at the time. But none of it led to a successful conception. In the end we were lucky enough to finally get pregnant "the old fashioned way," once we stopped trying and worrying, and after I became somewhat of an expert on my body's signals. If we were trying today, there's another tool we could add to our arsenal.

The Stork is a conception aid you use at home, employing cervical cap insemination. Essentially, it assists the sperm to enter the uterus, from where they can carry on their way in search of an egg. The kit includes a cervical cap, worn by the male partner inside a condom-like sheath, and an applicator for placing the filled cap against the cervix. The cap is worn for 4-6 hours and then removed by pulling on a string, much like a tampon. Also like a tampon. you can go about your regular activities while wearing the cap.

According to The Stork website, cervical cap insemination has a recorded success rate of between 10-20 per cent, which is comparable to IUI - with recorded success rates between 15-20 per cent. References are provided for these stats here

What I know is that I would have welcomed this product as another step to take before embarking on the costly procedures we went through. To be able to use this in the privacy of your own home, without the intervention of a medical team? That appeals to me.

With a 10-20% success rate The Stork won't be the final step for every infertile couple, but if combined with an ovulation kit, to ensure it is used at the optimum time, it is a hugely less expensive option to try before turning to IVF at $10K or more per cycle. (I found The Stork online at London Drugs for $149.99.) It is a first step, which with any luck could also be the final one. Common fertility difficulties such as low sperm count, low sperm motility, unfavourable vaginal environment, ovulation timing and unexplained infertility could all be addressed with this approach. 

Finances, emotions, intimacy, and more are all seriously affected by fertility issues in couples trying to conceive. A poll undertaken through Legerweb Panel in July of this year (300 respondents - men and women aged 30-44 who had been trying to conceive for at least 12 months) indicated that 1 in 4 Canadian couples struggling with infertility said they rarely talk about anything other than infertility and over half of respondents say that they no longer have spontaneity in their sex life. Honestly, I can vouch for that second part, based on my own experience. The deliberate timing and planning plays havoc with spontaneity and intimacy, and this can lead to serious relationship difficulties.

Check out this infographic to learn more about the toll infertility takes on Canadian couples. 

infographic, fertility, infertility, The Stork
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The Stork (containing one device to be used in one ovulation cycle) is available at Rexall™ and London Drugs® pharmacy locations. More information about The Stork, including demonstration videos and resources for couples trying to conceive, can be found online at www. storkconception.ca




Disclosure: This post has been brought to you by The Stork. Statistical information was collected and provided by the sponsor. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own. 

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