Cervical Cap Insemination

Trying to get pregnant is an intimate matter.
Another reason we designed our device to be used at home.

What is Cervical Cap Insemination?

The Stork® uses a well established technique known as cervical cap insemination (CCI).  This has been used by healthcare professionals for many years. Cervical cap insemination is often the first step after natural intercourse and before other in-clinic, assisted treatments such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) or fertility medications such as Clomifene. Up to 20% of women who use cervical cap insemination such as Stork® successfully conceive. This is comparable to IUI which has recorded success rates between 16-21%, yet The Stork® is used in the comfort of your own home – no prescriptions, no artificial environments and a lot less expense.

The Stork® uses familiar elements, condom like collection combined with tampon like delivery and therefore is simple and easy to use.

The Conceptacle®

The Conceptacle is used to collect and hold the sperm during intercourse. The Conceptacle consists of a cervical cap inside of a silicone “condom-like” sheath. Once semen is collected, the sheath is rolled down and placed into the cervical cap.

The Applicator

The applicator allows for delivery of the cervical cap, which contains the sperm, to the cervix. The cervical cap is placed onto the applicator. The applicator then cradles the cap, closing it to protect the seminal fluid. The applicator is then used to insert the cap into the vagina and up to the opening of the cervix. The applicator is removed and the cervical cap remains next to the cervix where is can be left for 4-6 hours. Just like wearing a tampon, you can go about your regular daily activities while the cervical cap is in place. The cervical cap’s job is to keep the semen as close to the cervix as possible helping to optimise the chance of conception – the sperm meeting the egg. After 4-6 hours the cap  is then removed using a tampon-like pull string.

The additional benefits of CCI.

Prevention of backflow of semen into the vagina(1).
Prolonged exposure of the spermatozoa (Sperm cell) to the cervical mucus(1).
Enables sperm to bypass the vaginal environment quickly, reducing the risk of sperm loss in the vaginal tract(1)

Approximate cost per attempt for treatment options

When examining responses to issues experienced when trying to conceive there are several options that differ in cost, level of intervention and medication.  This table summarises the three most commonly available techniques.

Treatment OptionsAverage Success RatesAverage Price
The Stork® Conception Aid (CCI)Up to 20% (2)$129
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)20% (3)$2000 (4)
 In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) 8.5% – 45% (5) $9290 (6)

No clinics – no prescriptions – no large bills

No wonder Australian couples trust The Stork®

Journal References

  1. Flierman, Hendrikus, et al. A Prospective, randomized, cross-over comparison of two methods of artificial insemination by donor on the incidence of conception: Intracervical insemination by straw versus cervical cap”, Human Reproduction, Vol. 12, no.9 1945-1948, 1997.
  2. Corson SL, Batzar FR, Otis C, Fee D. The cervical cap for home artificial insemination. J Reprod. Med., 1986, May; 31 (5): 349-52.
  3. http://www.reproductivefacts.org/FACTSHEET_Intrauterine_Insemination_IUI/
  4. Baby Center Australia, Fertility Treatment: Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). http://www.babycenter.com.au/a4092/fertility-treatment-intrauterine-insemination-iui. Last accessed: May 2015.
  5. IVF Australia. https://www.ivf.com.au/ivf-success-rates.  Last accessed: September 2017.
  6. IVF Australia, Treatment Costs. http://ivf.com.au/ivf-fees/ivf-costs. Last accessed: September 2017