Trying to Conceive: News and Advice

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Results from the New Clinical Study

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 kit for conception – 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.

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Nutritional Recommendations for Couples Trying To Conceive

When we think about nutrition and its impact on fertility, we tend to think about the many recommendations that are given to women who want to conceive. Here at the Stork we have a few of our own for ladies but don’t think that you’re off the hook, gentlemen! Both men and women can suffer from diet related fertility issues, and both can optimize their chances of conceiving simply by eating more of the right foods, and fewer unhealthy ones. We’ve already taken a look at how the right diet can help optimize chances of conceiving. Now it’s time for any hopeful parents-to-be to consider if they’re meeting these nutritional recommendations:


  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fresh produce isn’t just good for your overall health – it’s also full of nutrients and antioxidants. For men that helps to keep sperm healthy with many antioxidants helping to protect sperm from potential cellular damage and chromosomal defects, whilst also promoting good motility; this helps increase the chances of the sperm successfully reaching a woman’s fallopian tubes, and also means the sperm will likely contribute to a healthier pregnancy overall. For women, some find that failing to eat enough produce impact their ability to ovulate or in some cases increased chances of damage to the ova before ovulation.  The best way to take advantage of the benefits of fruit and vegetables is to eat a wide variety aiming to eat at least 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables a day, if not more.
  • Add a multivitamin tablet/supplements to your day. Multivitamins can help ensure that couples who are trying to conceive are getting all of the nutrients they need. Keep in mind, however, that a multivitamin alone will never replace the benefits of eating a balanced, healthy diet. It can, however, give you what might be an extra dose of any vitamins or minerals that you need during the day, and can work alongside your dieting efforts to meet your nutritional needs – and address diet-related fertility issues. For women, it also helps you build up reserves that you will need to support a growing child such as iron and calcium which are easily depleted during pregnancy.


  • Actively include foods with folic acid in your diet. While folic acid is a B-vitamin and could fall under the “eat fruits and vegetables” category, it’s so important that it’s worth mentioning separately. Folic acid is best known for helping to reduce the risk of certain birth defects when it’s taken by women. Now research also suggests that it’s important for the production of healthy sperm. In fact, one study found that folic acid can actually lower the risk of sperm abnormalities by 20 to 30 percent. To be safe and to take full advantage of folic acid’s benefits, we recommend that men eat or drink 400 micrograms of it each day. Fortified breakfast cereals, leafy greens, legumes, and orange juice should be enough to help you do this – and if you’re still worried […]

The Huffington Post 9th June, 2015

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Daily Mail 3rd October, 2014

New research suggests that 5 units of alcohol a week can affect sperm count and quality in men.
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The Conversation 15th July, 2014

Does fertility really ‘drop off a cliff’ at the age of 35? Dr. Nick Raine-Fenning explains why this is a myth and gives insight on when women should seek help when trying to conceive. Read more here:

Telegraph 1st July, 2014

A new survey suggests nine out of ten women believe it is acceptable to freeze their eggs for career reasons or so they can find the right partner. Read more at:

Telegraph 1st July, 2014

Danish research suggests women who come off the contraceptive pill cannot get an accurate assessment of their fertility for months. Find out more details at:

Telegraph 26th May, 2014

Scientists have discovered that eating a healthy diet before and after conception significantly reduces the risk of pre-term birth. Find out more by going to:

Daily Mail 26th August, 2014

New study reports that some women with asthma find it more difficult to get pregnant.
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Daily Mail 12th August, 2014

Italian doctors believe nuts can improve sperm count and quality in men.
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Daily Mail 5th June, 2014

Scientists suggest that daylight may have more of an effect on sperm quality than lifestyle choices. Find out more by going to:
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Daily Mail 12th May, 2014

Scientists have reported that chemicals found in everyday household products such as toothpaste, soap and plastic toys could be responsible for rising levels of infertility, as they have a direct impact on human sperm. Find out more by going to:

BT 10th June, 2014

Frost Magazine 9th June, 2014

Metro 6th May, 2014

Express 6th May, 2014

Mirror 4th May, 2014

Mail Online 4th May, 2014

Daily Mail

New figures released by Department of Health reveal infertile couples are not able to access full IVF treatment because most NHS trusts offer patients just once chance to get pregnant. Read more at: