Recently released in Europe and Canada and landing now in US pharmacies for over-the-counter sales, the Stork is a drug-free device that aids in conception.
The device consists of a cervical cap, which is worn during natural sexual intercourse and into which semen is collected. After intercourse, the long applicator delivers the collected semen to the cervix where the cap keeps it in place for up to six hours.
Cervical cap insemination is nothing new, and websites abound advising couples trying to conceive to use traditional caps to lock in the semen after intercourse, although the device is the first to have conception for a goal rather than birth control.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), cervical cap insemination increases chances for conception by nearly 20 percent, almost as much as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in which semen is delivered directly into the uterus.
The single use device costs $79.99, which by US standards is a bargain compared to IUI and in vitro fertilization (IVF). According to data from the National Infertility Association, an IUI cycle costs an average of $865 and an IVF cycle costs $12,400 on average.
According to the NIH, 15 percent of couples are unable to conceive after one year of trying.
Parent company Rinovum announced the approval of the Stork in Europe in August 2013 and introduced the product in Canada on September 10 of this year.
For more information: www.storkotc.com