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My Struggle with Infertility
When my oldest daughter, Olivia, was four years old, my husband and I decided it was time to try for another baby. I figured it would happen quickly since I had no issues getting pregnant with Olivia. In fact, I was even on the birth control pill when she was conceived. We went about our lives as normal and I thought it would just happen naturally. I was surprised each month when my period came like clockwork every 24 days.
After about a year of trying, I started to worry. I kept thinking there’s something wrong and I felt the familiar feeling of panic beginning to well in my stomach. I saw my friends getting pregnant with no issues and I started feeling depressed. What was I doing wrong?
I saw my family doctor to discuss my concerns. He told me that they only start running tests after a couple has been trying to get pregnant for one full year. Since it had been over a year for us, we were ready to get started. My doctor said that they start testing the male first to rule out his side. The tests on the male side are less invasive. My husband scheduled an appointment to have his sperm tested.
Meanwhile as I waited for answers, I felt so scared. I cried and wondered why it was so easy with having Olivia. Maybe I was only meant to have one child? I know I should consider myself very lucky (and I do) to even be able to have one child as so many people aren’t able to have any. I remember praying everyday for a miracle to happen.
One Sunday morning I woke up with a strong feeling in my heart and knew something important had happened. I asked my husband to go to the pharmacy and pick up a pregnancy test. I don’t how I “knew” that I needed to take that test, but I did. I remember the feeling of shock and elation when I saw that it was positive. I felt like all my prayers had finally been answered.
Something else that I found amusing was that my husband had his tests the very next day! He was dreading going and using that “paper cup” to give his sample so thankfully he never had to! 9 months later we became the parents to a beautiful, healthy baby girl, Bridget.
An Era of Infertility
I remember feeling so alone in my struggles to conceive. However, there are so many couples dealing with this very issue. In fact, 1 in 6 Canadian couples today have difficulty conceiving!
I recently attended a webinar with The Stork spokesperson, Steve Bollinger. I learned so much about infertility in general, treatments as well as information about a new conception kit called The Stork. I’ll get into more product specific information shortly, but I wanted to first mention some of the reasons why couples can struggle with infertility. I never did find out the reason why I struggled with conceiving so it was interesting to learn what might have been the problem for us.
I learned that 40% of fertility issues are attributed to the male and the potential issues include higher estrogen levels resulting in low sperm count and sperm motility and morphology problems. On the flip side, 40% of fertility issues are attributed to the female. Potential causes include imbalanced vaginal pH, diminishing ovarian reserve, PCOS and endometriosis. Sometimes there is just no explanation. 20% of all cases are listed as unexplained which means doctors don’t know why the couple can’t conceive.
Nowadays, more and more couples are waiting to have children. It’s statistically shown that the older you are when you try and conceive, the harder it is.
- Females age 20 to 25 have a 25% chance per month of conceiving
- Females age 30 to 35 have a 15% chance per month of conceiving
- Females age 35 to 40 have a 10% chance per month of conceiving
- Females age 40 have a 5% chance per month of conceiving
Back in 2003 when we were trying, I often wondered what would happen if the doctor did discover something wrong. I knew there was no way I’d ever be able to afford expensive fertility treatments. Artificial Insemination (IUI) costs $500-$1000/cycle while IVF is a whopping $7,500-$12,500/cycle! If there was a problem, I would just have to learn to accept it.
Cervical Cap Insemination
I had only ever heard about IVF and IUI in the past, but there is another type of fertility treatment called cervical cap insemination. In the past, its only been done in a medical provider’s office. It works by increasing the volume of sperm at the cervical opening and has a historical success rate of 10 to 20%. It’s designed to help with common fertility issues like low sperm count, sperm motility problems, vaginal pH issues and ovulation timing.
Canadian couples now have another option to aid conception. The Stork Conception System is an FDA-cleared conception kit that you can use in the privacy of your own home. It uses the cervical cap insemination technique with a “condom-like” collection and a “tampon-like” delivery. It’s good for couples struggling with low sperm count, sperm motility problems and a hostile vaginal environment.
How it works is pretty neat. The semen is collected in a cervical cap in a condom-like silicone sheath during regular intercourse. Then the cervical cap is inserted like a tampon to the outside of the cervix. The cap stays there for about 4 to 6 hours. The sperm is closer to where it needs to go and it bypasses any potential pH issues in the vagina. This video explains more in depth on how to use The Stork.
Benefits of the Stork
If The Stork had been around in 2003, I know without a doubt that I would have tried it. I think this product will help a lot of couples and I’m excited that it’s now in Canada.
Here’s just a few of The Stork’s benefits:
1. Proven technique. The Stork uses cervical cap insemination technique that has been successfully used by physicians in the past.
2. Safe. The Stork is an FDA authorized prescription product with no known side effects. It’s made of medical-grade silicone and does not contain latex.
3. Natural and non-invasive. It’s drug-free and requires no injections, medications or surgery.
4. Easy to use. You don’t need a doctor to do it and can easily use the product in the comfort of your home.
5. Cost-effective. It’s WAY cheaper than the other types of fertility treatments.
Buy The Stork
The Stork is sold as a single-use kit and as a bundle for a one-month supply. The Stork single-use kit includes 1 applicator, 1 conceptacle and instructions for use while the The Stork Bundle includes 3 applicators, 3 conceptacles, instructions for use.
It’s also recommended that you monitor your ovulation so that you use The Stork at the optimum time of the month. You can pick up your favourite ovulation predictor kits at the pharmacy.
The Stork is now available in Canada and you don’t need a prescription to get it! Right now you can purchase it on Amazon.ca and eventually over the coming months it will be available over-the-counter in most pharmacies across the country. It retails for $126.99 for the single-use kit on Amazon.ca.
During the webinar someone asked when it was recommended for a couple to try The Stork. The answer given was simple and makes perfect sense: When sex is no longer fun and is only for propogation. Check out The Stork online to learn more about this exciting natural fertility aid that I think will help a lot of couples! Please share with your friends and family members. Infertility is not often discussed and you never know who around you may be struggling at this very moment.