Improving Patient Options
The Stork® by Rinovum Women's Health is a drug-free treatment option for patients trying to conceive. This CE marked medical device product helps couples that are trying to conceive from the privacy of home using cervical cap insemination. The Stork is intended to assist the patient population that has been diagnosed with common difficulties such as: diminished sperm count, sperm motility, unfavourable vaginal environment, and unexplained fertility.
Patients today are seeking out less-aggressive, more affordable options to complement their path to becoming pregnant. Many patients are using diagnostic tools to enhance their chances for conception. The Stork can provide these patients with a natural option designed to complement their fertility treatment path, whether they are just thinking about starting a family or have been trying for longer. The Stork provides the patient with a more economical, "first-step" treatment option to try before advancing into further assisted reproductive treatments.
The device utilises cervical cap insemination, a technique healthcare professionals have used as an effective, in-clinic treatment option for decades. Historical cervical cap insemination success rates have been well documented. The Stork allows for the couples to use this same process but from the privacy of their home. The Stork improves on the technique, combining a condom-like integrated collection/delivery sheath with a tampon-like anatomical delivery system that is atraumatic to ejaculate and the vaginal environment. From collection to placement, engaging only three buttons completes the process. The system collects, delivers, and places the semen close to the cervical os.
The device can be used as a complement to natural intercourse during the traditional waiting period, before couples are referred for more aggressive treatment. The Stork is recommended for use just before and during ovulation. Patients are encouraged to use the device with an ovulation predictor kit to determine ovulation prediction methods.
Components of The Stork®
The Conceptacle consists of a silicone condom-like sheath with an HSSA-tested silicone cervical cap resting within the reservoir. The Conceptacle is used to collect the semen during natural intercourse but can alternatively be used with donor semen. The semen collected remains in the cervical cap in its reservoir.
The cervical cap is removed from the sheath and placed into the applicator for insertion into the vaginal tract. The cervical cap is cradled and compressed with the Plunger Tab (Button 1). Once the user places the device into the vaginal tract, the semen is pushed from the reservoir tip towards the mouth of the cap with the Plunger Release Button (Button 2). The cap is released from the device using the Cap Release Button (Button 3).
The Applicator cradles and compresses the cervical cap for ease of tracking through the vagina to the opening of the cervical os. There are three activation buttons on the applicator that the patient will engage with to use the product.
Button 1 - Plunger Tab (seals the cervical cap)
Button 2 - Plunger Release (opens the cervical cap)
Button 3 - Cap Release (releases the cervical cap, attaching a retrieval string)