Thursday, April 12, 2007
Considering conception in a kit?
CNN Medical News
My friend Scottye is pregnant. In fact, she's having twins. But her road to pregnancy was rocky, and she and her husband spent thousands of dollars on fertility treatments. Scottye's situation isn't unique, particularly as women often wait longer to have babies. That's why a new product caught my eye when it recently received FDA approval.
It's been humorously referred to as "Baby in a Box," but its real name is the Conceivex Conception Kit. It's the only FDA- approved home conception kit. The kit costs $299.95 and is available with a doctor's prescription from the company's Web site www.conceptionkit.com. The kit includes eight ovulation predictors, a conception cap - a flexible cup-like receptacle that is placed over the cervix, a non-latex "semen collector" (actually a condom), a pregnancy test kit, a conception wheel to help plan when the baby will be born, a journal, and an instruction manual.
The maker says these items can be used together for as long as three months "to enhance the couple's chance of becoming pregnant." The most important part of the kit, according to the instructions, is the conception cap, which brings the sperm into direct contact with the cervix, increasing the sperm's chances of reaching the uterus and implanting in an egg. The manufacturer is careful to point out that the kit is NOT appropriate for more complex infertility issues including hormonal problems, endometriosis, low sperm count, blocked fallopian tube, and a host of other common conditions.
We showed the kit to several doctors, and the resounding reaction was that they didn't see any harm in trying to use the kit, but that women might have trouble placing a full conception cap onto the cervix without spilling the contents. One doctor pointed out that many women's cervixes are angled differently from the picture in the diagram, and he also pointed out that it might be difficult to remove the cap after the recommended six to eight hours.
This kit wouldn't have helped Scottye and her husband, who fit into the "complex" category. But it might be useful for a couple who need lessons in predicting ovulation, or in an instance where the man isn't fertile and they choose to find their own donor rather than use expensive fertility procedures, or perhaps in the case of a lesbian couple who have a donor in mind.
Would you try the Conceivex kit if you were having trouble conceiving?
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