In our efforts to start a family together Bryan and I tried many expensive and invasive options. There were doctors, blood tests, ultrasounds, medications, surgery and the list goes one. It seemed like life revolved around our doctors’ visits and my ovulation schedule. Oftentimes the situations we found ourselves in were embarrassing, like our “man exam” where we felt that we were being time and we also encountered a less than sanitary situation! What a relief it would have been if there were more things we could have done in the privacy of our home to assist with our conception efforts. I’m thrilled that other couples, that may be struggling like we did, or that are just starting out on their attempts at making a family have the Stork OTC available to them.
Note: This information is not to be construed as medical advice. It is simply my own experiences with conception as well as my thoughts and information which may be helpful to those who are encountering the same or similar difficulties. Medical terminology as I learned it will be in the content. Please consult a physician with your conception concerns.
The Stork OTC
The Stork OTC was developed after years of development and design. It is the first and only conception assistance device to meet the US Food and Drug Administration’s strict requirements and be cleared for over-the-counter sales and without the need for a prescription. It is one method which women and couples who are having trouble getting pregnant can use easily and safely from the privacy of their home.
The FDA cleared The Stork OTC for help with common fertility difficulties like: unexplained infertility, unfavorable vaginal environment, low sperm count and sperm motility issues. It can also be used with donor sperm, supporting opportunities for parenting for many singles and couples.
It is made with medical grade materials. This method puts sperm at the opening of the cervix optimizing chances for conception. That’s where the “cervical cap” comes in. It is designed to hold the sperm at the cervix, the opposite of the “menstrual cup” used by many women during menstruation.
Other ways have been suggested and I’m sure you have also heard suggestions from well-meaning friends and family members. Many of these other methods are “old wives tales” and can often introduce bacteria into the body or a loss of semen during transfer. In the case of conception every drop really does count!
The Man Exam
Our encounter with “every drop counts” will go down in the archives of our history as one of the most embarrassing and yet laughable moments in our marriage. You may have encountered your own man exam or you may have seen one on television. The man exam as I like to call it performs many functions (no pun intended) in your attempts at conception. The man’s sperm is tested for count (is there enough of them in there) and motility (are they strong enough to swim up and land in the cervix) and then possibly depending on your course of treatment they may proceed with mixing the sperm and egg together for future IVF implantation.
After arriving at our appointment for the “man exam” we are shown to a living room of sorts. No plain old exam room for this exam. Oh no, we lie on table with feet in stirrups, he gets a couch, television, magazines and other “goodies.”
Now not everyone will accompany their significant other but in our case, he was determined this required us to work together as a couple. But first being the curious sort, we must look around, finding movies, magazines, and yes, even mood music. It’s like stepping back in time to a bachelor pad – though then the goal was NOT to get pregnant.
Being silly I picked up a magazine and flipped it open to him to offer it, just in case he needed a little encouragement. We are after all performing under pressure, making sure it all gets into the cup, hopefully up to the line AND making sure that we don’t walk out too short a time or too long a time after walking in. This is not exactly prime conditions. I thought a little levity and laughter was in order.
Unfortunately, the magazine pages didn’t flip.
Yes, you read that right. THE PAGES DIDN’T FLIP!
RUN TO THE BATHROOM, SOAP and HOT HOT WATER!
Need I say more?
Where can I find the Stork OTC? Stork can be purchased at Target and can be found in the family planning section next to ovulation test kits. Here’s a Money Saving Tip! Buy 1 Stork OTC, Get 1 Stork OTC 50% at Target from 8/6 – 8/19.
Money Saving Tip: 25% off Stork OTC Single Device at the Stork OTC Online Store through the end of August.
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