The CDC estimates that 6.1 million American women between the ages of 15 and 44 have trouble conceiving or staying pregnant (U.S. Office on Women’s Health). That’s just about 10 percent of the population of women in their reproductive years in the United States. So even though the topic of infertility has traditionally been hush-hush, it’s time to break down that barrier and open up an educational conversation to benefit the millions of women affected by a difficulty getting or staying pregnant.
Now more than ever, constant advancements in medical research and technology offer fertility help to couples that’s becoming mainstream and accessible. The fertility options of the past might have been slim to none, but today, there is a variety of over-the-counter products that show promising evidence of improving your chances of becoming pregnant, right from the comfort of your own home. Here are three OTC fertility aids that you might not even know exist!
1. Stork® OTC
Stork® OTC is an innovative and extremely easy-to-use home device uniquely designed to help increase your chances of conceiving. It works by delivering sperm cells directly to targeted cervical mucous, offering a larger concentration of sperm than natural intercourse. In fact, a clinical study published in Surgical Technology International found that 85 percent of participants experienced a 3.23 times higher value of sperm concentration when using Stork® OTC than without the device.
So how does it work? Stork® OTC contains two parts: the Applicator and the Conceptacle®. The Conceptacle® is a condom-like device with a cap attached to one end. This cap is then easily placed into the Applicator, which is inserted similarly to a tampon. The idea behind this device is that the Conceptacle® delivers sperm directly to the cervix, closer to egg fertilization. To learn more about how Stork® OTC works, view their how-to videos.
While the idea of using natural remedies to boost fertility isn’t exactly a new one, combining the most effective of these herbs and supplements, those showing promising clinical evidence, into a convenient tea is a modern-day take on it. FertiliTea blends together age-old wisdom and innovative health and wellness research to create an all-natural, at-home fertility tea to promote women’s reproductive health and ability to conceive.
Designed by Amos Grunebaum, MD, Ob/Gyn, FertiliTea contains a variety of ingredients that have been linked with increased fertility and reproductive wellness, including:
- Chasteberry, which may increase fertility and help to regulate menstrual cycles
- Red raspberry leaf, which may promote a healthy reproductive system in women
- Green tea, a powerful antioxidant that may be linked with increased fertility
Keep in mind, however, that because herbs and supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA, their results and side effects may not be fully studied or known. As with any new medication or supplement, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before trying FertiliTea or similar products.
Fertility issues are complex and often include, at least in part, some level of male factor infertility. According to the U.S. Office of Women’s Health, about one-third of fertility problems are attributed to the female partner, one-third to the male, and another third to a combination of both partners. As the saying goes, it takes two to tango. Because women aren’t the only factor that goes into successful reproduction, men need to stay on top of their reproductive health, too.
To do this, SpermCheck is a handy device that allows men to accurately gauge their sperm count in a private, at-home setting. It’s similar to a pregnancy test for women, displaying lines that correspond to varying levels of sperm counts.
A Concluding Note
Millions of couples in the United States and around the world face fertility challenges, but many are able to benefit from simple yet effective at-home devices and products like those mentioned above. If you’re still having trouble conceiving, be sure to check with your doctor, who can provide a broader examination of what the underlying causes of infertility may be, as well as suggest the best methods for you and your partner.