One benefit of The Stork® conception aid is that you and your partner can use it in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Many questions are answered by our videos but you may find some answers to some frequently asked questions here.
Yes, The Stork® at-home conception aid is included as a medical device on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
The Stork® offers a relaxed and private way of conceiving in your own home using technology based on cervical cap insemination. This smart technique puts the sperm as close to the opening of the cervix as possible, optimising your chances of getting pregnant. With cervical cap insemination, success rates are comparable to in-clinic methods such as inter uterine insemination (IUI). The Stork® collects semen into the cervical cap with a condom-like sheath (the Conceptacle) worn during intercourse (or alternatively, donor sperm can be used with the device). The sperm is then delivered to the opening of the cervix by way of the applicator. The cap remains in place for up to 6 hours, after which it is removed with a simple tampon-like pull string.
The Stork® can be used a first-step treatment option for couples before more invasive procedures are considered; bridging the gap between natural intercourse and costly, in-clinic treatment options (i.e. IUI or IVF). The Stork® is ideal for:
Your healthcare provider is knowledgeable with your specific health history and would be able to better assist you with your pregnancy goals.
Cervical caps have been used for both conception and contraception since the 1950’s. They are soft caps designed to fit snugly around the cervix. Healthcare professionals have used cervical caps for insemination with great success rates. The Stork® provides the ability to perform cervical cap insemination in your own home by way of a special applicator to improve the delivery method of the sperm to the cervical opening. The Stork® contains a cervical cap inside a condom-like sheath. It is used to collect semen into a cervical cap then deliver it to the outside of the cervix as an aid to conception.
In order to optimise your chances of becoming pregnant, the best time to use The Stork® is during the ovulatory phase of the menstrual cycle on the three most fertile days. As The Stork® is a single-use device, to maximise the ovulation window and optimise conception, it recommended you purchase more than one single-use device. The Stork® Bundle Pack contains three individually wrapped devices specifically designed to use one on each of the three most fertile days. It is also cheaper to purchase The Stork® Bundle Pack. It is a good idea to track ovulation with an ovulation monitor prior to using The Stork®, so that you can determine the three most fertile days.
If you have any concerns or questions relating to fertility, it is always a good idea to seek advice from a health-care professional. Three to six months of use on the three most fertile days of the female menstrual cycle is the suggested use. If a pregnancy is not successfully achieved after six months of using The Stork®, we recommend speaking with your healthcare provider about other treatment options.
You can return to normal activities immediately after placing the cervical cap and removing the applicator. You should not have sexual intercourse while the cervical cap is inserted, as it may cause discomfort to you or your partner.
The cervical cap should remain in place for no more than 6 hours. Do not wear longer than 6 hours. Failure to remove the cervical cap could result in complications, including: obstruction of physiological discharge and menstrual flow from the uterus, pain, abrasion/ulceration, or infection.
Yes, there are currently no contraindications for the use of fertility medications and cervical cap insemination. However, if you are planning to use The Stork® and you are taking fertility medication, please seek advice from a healthcare professional.
No, the Conceptacle is made of silicone and does not contain latex.
No, each device is designed for single use only. None of The Stork® parts should be reused or shared. Reuse of the device may result in an infection, which may endanger future fertility.
For reason similar to why tampons and condoms cannot be reused, The Stork® was designed to be a single-use device to reduce the risk of infection from multiple uses or improper cleaning and storage. The Stork® has been included as a single-use medical device on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) and cannot be re-used.
No, you should only use the Conceptacle (the condom-like sheath with the cervical cap inside) provided in The Stork® packaging. Other condoms may contain latex or spermicide, which could kill sperm and impede your conception chances.
If you wish to use a lubricant or intimate moisturiser, ensure the one you use is a sperm-friendly one. Many lubricants and intimate moisturisers are harmful to sperm.
Yes, The Stork® can be used with donor sperm. Please read the full instructions for use prior to using The Stork® and ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions.
The cervical cap was designed to fit both women who have previously delivered babies and those who have not.
No, The Stork® absolutely does not protect against HIV or any from a partner who has HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. Do not use this product if it is medically unsafe for you to engage in sexual intercourse or become pregnant. The Stork® conception aid will not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. Do not use semen from a partner/donor who has HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. To avoid HIV or other STDs, do NOT share The Stork® - it is a single use device.
There were no complications found during clinical studies. The Instructions for Use tell the user to remove the cap four to six hours after insertion to reduce the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). The risk of TSS exists for products like tampons and other vaginal devices. However, there are no publications that discuss whether cap usage can cause TSS (toxic shock syndrome). TSS is a rare but serious disease that may cause death. Warning signs of TSS include sudden fever (usually 39°C or more) and vomiting, diarrhea, fainting or near fainting when standing up, dizziness, or a rash that looks like a sunburn. If these or other signs of TSS appear, remove the cervical cap straight away, and seek medical attention immediately. The Stork® is intended to assist you in achieving pregnancy. Pregnancy may involve serious health risks for both you and your unborn child. Consult your health care professionalfor possible risks before using The Stork®. Do not use this product if it is medically unsafe for you to engage in sexual intercourse or become pregnant.
The Stork® is non-sterile, however it is manufactured in a clean facility and then promptly safety sealed using stickers/seals. If these seals are broken prior to use, we recommend not using the device. To avoid contamination, customers are advised not to open or handle the device until they are ready to use it.
The Stork® should not be used by those for whom it is medically unsafe to engage in sexual intercourse or to become pregnant.
A health-care professional should always be your first point of contact for any questions on fertility issues. Biccari is unable to provide medical advice on use of The Stork® or regarding fertility or health issues.
From this website, The Stork® is only available to purchase for people located in Australia. We will only ship to Australian mailing addresses.
However, The Stork® is available for purchase in some other countries as listed below. For information on how to purchase the product in the USA, please visit www.storkotc.com for a list of retailers.
For more information on how to purchase the product in the United Kingdom, please visit www.thestorkconception.co.uk for a list of retailers.