The Stork® employs cervical cap insemination for couples who are trying to conceive in the privacy and comfort of their own home. The Stork® is included as a medical device on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) for home-use without a prescription.
The Stork® is intended to assist the patient population that has been diagnosed with common difficulties such as: diminished sperm count, sperm motility, unfavourable vaginal environment, and unexplained fertility. Patients today are seeking out less-invasive, more affordable options to complement their path to becoming pregnant; many using diagnostic tools to enhance their chances for conception. The Stork® can provide these patients with a first step option designed to complement their fertility treatment path before trying more invasive procedures. Please read through the following FAQ’s or feel free to contact us directly with any questions on use or enquiries regarding stocking The Stork® for supplying to patients
Yes, The Stork® at-home conception aid is included as a medical device on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
The Stork® is a home-use conception aid combining an innovative applicator and cervical cap insemination (an established conception technique). The Stork® uses the cervical cap insemination technique and provides couples the ability to use this technique in the privacy of their own home, without a prescription. Along the path to conception, The Stork® has been designed as a first-step treatment option for couples before more invasive procedures are considered; bridging the gap between natural intercourse and costly, in-room treatment options (i.e., IUI or IVF). The Stork® collects semen into the cervical cap with a condom-like sheath (the Conceptacle) worn duringintercourse (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 chord.
The Stork® is ideal for:
The Stork® is indicated for over-the-counter home use by couples who have been unable to conceive naturally and who have received diagnoses of low sperm count, sperm immobility or unfavorable vaginal environment. The Stork® is recommended for use during the ovulatory phase of the menstrual cycle.
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.
The Stork® is $129.95 for a single-use kit, or $349.95 for a bundle pack containing 3 individually wrapped devices. Please contact Biccari for discounted pricing for healthcare providers who would like to hold inventory in their office.
There were no complications found during clinical studies. There are no publications that discuss whether cap usage can cause TSS (toxic shock syndrome). The instructions for use instruct the patient to remove the cap four to six hours after insertion to reduce the risk of TSS.
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.
Three to six months of use on the female patient’s three most fertile days of her cycle. After six months of use, the patient is advised to speak with their healthcare provider about other treatment options.
No, each device is designed for single-use only. To prevent possible infection, none of The Stork® parts should be reused or shared.
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 approved by the Therapeutic Goods administration (TGA) in Australia for single-use and cannot be reused.
Yes, there are currently no contraindications for the use of fertility medications with cervical cap insemination.
The patient can return to normal activities immediately after placing the cervical cap and removing the applicator. Patients should not have sexual intercourse while the cervical cap is inserted as it may cause discomfort. The patient is instructed to remove the cervical cap four to six hours after placing the cap.