It’s easy for a couple to feel overwhelmed when trying to conceive, especially if it takes longer than expected to successfully start a family. And there are so many questions that couples tend to ask as they wait and wait for that positive pregnancy test: Can we actually conceive on our own?  Where would we even start to look for help? How much will that help cost?

Fortunately for couples contemplating getting help, assistance does not need to be financially challenging. One affordable method, called cervical cap insemination, has been around since the 1970s. And there’s a reason this method became a popular one among couples: because it helped.  One study, completed in 1985, even deemed that cervical cap insemination done at home was just as effective as intracervical insemination (ICI).

Today, Rinovum has taken the cervical cap method and developed it for home use with The Stork conception kit – a cervical cap insemination tool that makes the process of getting the cap to the cervix smoother, by adding an applicator. But how does the success of our device compare to the success of natural intercourse at getting more sperm to the cervix?

The Post Coital Sperm Assessment Study -ukWe performed a study to find out if our cervical cap actually helped to create a higher sperm concentration in a woman’s cervical mucus after intercourse. We did this using a very simple method.

First, we recruited a collection of couples willing to participate in the study and asked them to engage in two types of intercourse over a period of time: natural intercourse and intercourse that used the Stork. Then, once they completed each act, they came into our labs for testing.

The post-coital test we performed on the women in each couple was designed to examine their cervical mucus after sex to determine the sperm score. The sperm score is evaluated by identifying how many sperm are present, and what their various motility levels are. Typically, the higher the concentration of sperm in the cervical mucus, the more likely a woman is to conceive, but knowing how active those sperm are helps as well.

The results? The study found that 85% of the subjects had a higher sperm concentration after using The Stork, it delivered an average of 3.23 times the sperm score value compared to natural intercourse!

Why the Results Matter  -ukFor couples who are not ready for costly, in-clinic treatment options, the Stork product might be just the boost they need to help them start their family. With the chance of increasing their sperm score value over 3 times the amount of natural intercourse, the Stork cervical cap gives couples a chance to easily – and naturally- optimise their chances of getting pregnant, all within the comfort of home.