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06th Nov 2016

Could This €112 Device Be JUST As Successful As IUI For Some Couples?

Katie Mythen-Lynch

An innovative over-the-counter conception kit available in chemists and online has a similar success rate to IUI, say experts. 

Designed to help overcome common fertility issues such as low sperm count, low motility and unfavorable vaginal environment, The Stork uses cervical cap insemination, a technique which enables the sperm to quickly bypass the vaginal tract and arrive as close as possible to the opening of the cervix as possible.

A photo posted by Stork OTC (@storkotc) on

A recently published clinical study demonstrated that in 85 per cent of subjects, The Stork delivered 3.23 times more sperm within cervical mucus compared to natural intercourse and presents a greater concentration of sperm to targeted cervical mucus than natural intercourse.

“Three times the sperm value is quite significant for so many couples, especially with the growth of male factor infertility.” says Dr Harry Reich.

“Understanding the growing value of semen for successful conception, and having a technology like The Stork that can deliver more sperm to the cervix than natural intercourse, this at-home conception kit may greatly impact many couples on their path to building a family.”

The kit provides a way for the user to collect, insert and deliver the sperm directly at the opening of the cervix during ovulation, and keeps it at the cervix for longer, giving sperm the opportunity to enter into the uterus.

A photo posted by Stork OTC (@storkotc) on

So how does it work?

After collecting the semen in the cap, the applicator places it near the woman’s cervix and stays in place, keeping the sperm where it needs to be, for up to six hours, while the woman continues her normal routine. It’s easily removed with the attached cord, similar to tampon removal.

Have you tried The Stork? Let us know on Twitter @HerFamilydotie.