Below, I will be explaining a new fertility treatment on the market. I wanted to give fair warning to those readers who may have little eyes in the room or those (like my teenage brothers who read this blog) who may want to skip over it. Also, I'd like to disclose that this is a sponsored post, but that in no way affected my opinion or willingness to review it...I would have reviewed it anyway! Yes, I'm that excited about it! And I hope you can hear my excitement as you read on!
It's not something that is spoken about often, and yet 1 in 6 couples have trouble conceiving. That means that approximately 8 MILLION couples are currently dealing with this in the US. That is a HUGE number.
So...if you were wondering...yeah, we dealt with infertility when we were trying to start a family. Baby showers and newborns always sent me home in tears. I was days away from asking to be removed from the nursery rotation at church when we found out that we were finally pregnant. It got to the point that I just couldn't take it anymore. It hurt too much.
Sean and I were blessed in that our infertility ended only a couple of months after we started treatment. We were able to start our family by taking a drug to induce ovulation. (There is a very long story here that I'm hoping to write about at some point this year.) But for many women, it's not that easy. After taking ovulation drugs, they move on to more invasive treatments:
- Intracervical treatments
- 10-20% success rate
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
- Cost is $1000-$5000 per attempt
- Invitro Fertilization (IVF)
- Cost is $20,000-$30,000 per attempt
- Multiple long-term risks to mother and baby
The cost to even try having a baby is astronomical! And if that doesn't work...then the couple is kind of out of luck.
While we were in our required year of trying before a doctor would officially help us, we were overwhelmed by the idea of starting infertility treatments. The invasive and financial commitment was more than we wanted (or could) deal with. Imagine how happy I was when two rounds of a $40 prescription worked for us!
But that doesn't mean that I've forgotten what it's like to desperately want a baby and be unable to conceive.
So when I got an email a couple of weeks ago about a new fertility treatment option, I was immediately interested. "Please, let someone have come up with a cheaper option!"
And they did!
The Stork for Women is a new fertility option on the market. It functions like the intracervical treatments that are normally done in the doctors office with two BIG differences.
- The Stork can be used at home. It maintains the privacy and intimacy of the couple without involving a doctor, putting feet in stirrups, or having to send your husband to a little room to do his business. Each treatment comes with a cap that is inside a condom. So couples can collect what they need the old-fashioned way. The tampon-like applicator makes it easy to insert, and the string attached to the cervical cap makes it easy to remove six hours later. Plus, with The Stork, those six hours can be spent doing something besides keeping your feet up in the air. Go to the movies! Cook dinner! Play a board game! None of that awkwardness that goes with a regular intracervical treatment.
- For an infertility treatment option, it is cheap. It's $79.99 for one treatment, or $210 for a three pack of treatments. Compare that to other options and suddenly the idea of pursuing a baby becomes a lot more affordable!
The company behind The Stork are hoping to have it available over the counter by the end of 2014, but right now it is only available with a doctor's prescription. You just send the prescription in online, and they send The Stork out.
Before agreeing to write this post, I did a lot of research. I asked questions, attended a webinar, and examined every bit of The Stork's website. As I said in my email to the woman coordinating this, "I can't hold out hope unless I think this really is a viable option."
I want to make sure that if you decide to try it as a way to bridge the gap between prescription drugs and in-office treatments, you understand the odds. In my opinion, the loss of hope month after month is one of the hardest parts of dealing with infertility.
Right now, The Stork has not been around long enough to have a reliable set of stats. They are still in clinical trials with it. However, the belief is that it is at least as effective as the intracervical method....with much more intimacy and a lot less money involved. For those dealing with a low sperm count, sperm immobility, or a hostile vaginal environment (fancy way of saying the PH balance is off), that big news!
My two cents as a woman who dealt with infertility: It's certainly worth trying.
It's actually unbelievable how easy it is to use. Why did it take someone so long to come up with a solution?! (By the way, the man behind this treatment understands infertility because he and his wife dealt with it too!)
While I haven't personally used this, I'm very excited that this option now exists. I frequently get emails from friends or acquaintances asking for advice or simply wanting to talk to someone who understands the pain of infertility. I really feel that this option gives couples new hope for starting a family. How encouraging to know that there an option like this out there now! If we were battling infertility again, would I try this route?
What do you think? Is The Stork for Women something that you would try if you were struggling with infertility?
This post is sponsored by The Motherhood and The Stork, however all opinions, words, and emotions are mine! For more info, please see my disclaimer page.