Thursday, April 12, 2007
Considering conception in a kit?
The Conceivex Conception Kit is available by prescription for $299
By Ann Curley
Assignment Manager
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?
My first reaction to the "conception cap" was- "EW". LOL, sorry.

I am interested in the price tag. Three hundred dollars? Isn't it possible to buy ovulation kits for much less? What makes this one special, besides the condom collector thing and the doo-hickey to hold it in? Not much, I don't see.

Would I try it if I was having problems? Nope, not at that price. I'd buy the cheaper single ovulation predictor. And I can think of a much better way to get the sperm in there... (okay, with that comment, my post is not likely to be posted)....
When I was TTC (trying to concieve) I would have tried anythiing. The price is a bit steep. I am one of the cases it would not have worked for but if mt doctor would have thought it would help I would have bought it.
all these items could be bought seperately for a much lower price. and as far as instruction for pinpointing ovulation, nothing is better than the book "taking charge of your fertility".
I don't see why you couldn't find information about ovulation prediction online and buy condoms and a product like the "Instead" cup, instead. An Instead cup would fit over your cervix just like the "conception cap" does. It would certainly cost a lot less!
I would definetely consider using the Conceivex kit if we were having trouble conceiving. It certainly seems to be an innovative, efficient, cost effective and common sense approach. Much better than the expensive methods currently being employed.
The Instead Menstrual Cup applied for FDA approval but was turned down...why would anyone want to use a product the FDA deemed unsafe with their baby?
100 a month to try and get pregnant? If that is too expensive for you then you have an unrealistic expectation on the price of children.
The price is a little high but well worth the safety, convenience, and potential reward, IMHO. Frankly, I find great value in the concept, especially since it's an FDA approved, safe and complete solution. Perfect for those trying to conceive on difficult schedules, or to help increase chances of conception when YOU really want it to happen. I'll use it for sure.

Of course, if you have complicated hormonal infertility issues, Conceivex supposedly can't help, but for those of us who need just a little help, it seems perfect!

Some of the suggestions to use your own "home grown" kit seem silly...like buying mercury and glass tubing when you need a thermometer. This is custom built for one of the most important times in a woman's life! I'd go with an approved, professional type solution like Conceivex vice a "do it yourself kit" when my health and my potential child's health is concerned!
When my husband and I were trying to conceive,after 5 years of being told "Nothing is wrong. Just keep trying," we would have tried anything. I would gladly have paid tons of money if there were just any possibility of becoming pregnant. That said, I believe this product plays on the vulnerabilities of desperate couples and that it is probably really not all that useful. Also, perhaps they should make the caps out of a material that disolves, just in case it gets lost inside...
There are a lot of products that you could use for very less price. There is also a vitamins called Gertol Tonic which is very helpful. A lot of women I know use it and it works. It is also very cheep!! I agree with a person who said that this is a product that is going to take advantage of the desperate people and have been trying to have kids which is not fair. There is a Kit that i uses which cost me only $20 from walgreen and it shows smily face when you are fertle and that worked for me along with praying for God. To all the people who are thinking of buying this product, don't west your money. Buy Gertol Tonic vitamins and the smily face Kit and you will be successful!! God bless
If it's meant to be, then it will happen. I am not one to believe in fertility drugs, abortions, etc. Even if someone does take fertility drugs or pay high prices for other things than you may still not end up conceiving. So just let nature take it's course.
I would use the kit. Having gone through trying to conceive and watching a lot of my friends go through it, I would certainly spend $300. Especially if this is something that I can do in the privacy of my own home? Since it is FDA approved, I'll let me friends know about this.
You cannot buy that cap-thing over the counter.....so saying you can buy all of it for cheaper is not true. I looked at the website- for $300 you have 3 months of trying. That's inexpensive. This is not playing on vulnerabilities- women are getting pregnant on this.....it's HELPING women get pregnant. I'm 36 and I know at this age- it is harder to get pregnant and I have a few friends that are trying. This makes sense- at least to me.
The product couldn't get "lost inside", anatomically there is no where for it to go. It is a matter of taking charge of your body as a woman and being comfortable with yourself. Being in the stirrups at the OB/GYN for any kind of procedure is a loss of your privacy. Anything you can reasonably do in your own home is good.
I think this is a great product. I worked in an infertility clinic in Michigan for 12+ years, and I've seen patients spend tens of thousands of dollars, and still get disappointing results. This product is an intermediate step, keeping patients out of the high-priced specialist's office a little bit longer. A lot of infertility is "unexplained", and use of a cervical cap could be just the boost needed to get the swimmers where they need to be.
Believe me, a few hundred dollars is peanuts compared to what you could spend. Having all the components (instructions, predictors, non-spermicial condom, etc.) in one set is more efficient and cost effecitve.
I love the idea of being able to do this in the privacy of your home and avoid those hours spent in the doctors office. For those of you who think $300 is pricey, ask yourself how much are you going to pay for all of those doctor visits when you are having trouble conceiving?
After many years of seeing specialists and many thousands of dollars I was able to conceive. If this product would have been around, I certainly would have given it a try, $300 is small change compared to what I have spent.
OK, I just spent a bunch of time reading this because at my age, I don't have a whole lot of time to waste in getting pregnant and I don't want to go from Dr. To Dr. month after month. It seems that this "kit" has components, that when put together, create an at-home advantage in getting pregnant. To me, this is not a fertility treatment- no drugs, no shots---it's a way to increase your chances. Some of us dont have time to just "let it happen", especially if we've already been trying. I think this is pretty close to having nature take it's course.....sounds like something grandma probably tried years and years ago! Seems like a great way to keep drugs out of the picture. Their website is pretty interesting. I've tried ovulation predictors, but that is only one small part of it. For $100 per month it seems worth it- and looks like some pregnancies are a result of it.
This product sounds like something every woman should try if she's having trouble conceiving. If it's FDA approved, it must be safe. Plus, you can use it in your own home! I would prefer the privacy of my house over the stirrups at the doctor's office!
I am stunned at how many "it's FDA approved, it must be safe" remarks there are here! How many medications get FDA approval and then later on get yanked off the shelves because they are actually unsafe after all???

The FDA is not all knowing. They make mistakes, over look things and, well... they can be bought.

I think $300 is absurdly expensive for this kit. It IS playing on the emotions of people ttc, knowing they will do anything once in many cases.

I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, and will likely struggle to get pregnant (we've been trying only since February). Ironically, my testosterone is too high, and my husband's is too low... so we'll be seeing a reproductive endocrinologist in June.

Right now I'm considering trying some of the natural remedies out there... I'd spend money on those before buying this kit!

Also, I just bought Instead cups. I've heard of many women using them with success. Perhaps coicidence, but for $8 for like 15, I'll give that a shot before I'd buy a non-lubbed condom and what is basically an Instead cup and a pack of ovulation kits for $300!
It sounds like a great option. Easy to use, FDA approved and you can use it a home when you want. You can actually conceive your baby when the time is right, with your partner and at home ! I would definitely try it.
For those equating the Conception Cap with the Instead Cup, I can tell you that it is totally different. It's smaller, more flexible, and it sits directy -- and snugly -- on the cervix. The Instead Cup can't achieve the same type of contact with the cervix. Reasons it was rejected by the FDA include the nonsurgical grade materials/unnecessary and possibly harmful dyes used in the cup, and also the fact that it's big enough that they were seeing evidence of it scooping up hostile mucus (including that containing yeast or other infections) along with the sperm and rendering it counterproductive for some people. It's just not the same thing, and this is coming from someone who has used both.
I dont think its expensive at all comparing to the thousands of dollars an invitro cycle costs this is pretty good i think, if someones desperate to become pregnant you try everything why not
There is no way I would pay $300 for this kit. Everything it contains can be bought seperately for a much cheaper price. The "Expensive" ovulation kits containing 7 tests can be bought for $13 at any drug store. The instructions on understanding your fertility can be read in a book already mentioned, or can be learned online with a free charting membership to the site.

I think it is really sad that these big pharmeceutical companies can put such a price tag on something that will give so many women who are desperate something to hope about. It's a rip off. Couples who desperately want a child get to the point where they would try anything. It is wrong to take advantage of that.
I would try anything to have a baby!! Sure I'd try it.
I also think the price is too steep. Why not just go and buy some instead cups, some condoms and go online to predict your due date. Not to mention, using BBT and ovulation calendars. There are much cheaper methods. I think it is a great product, from the looks of it, but it costs too much!
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