Thanks to modern day technology and huge advancements in medicine, a woman dealing with infertility issues does not have to give up on the dream of having a baby of her own. Methods such as ovulation drugs, artificial insemination and assisted reproductive technologies allow women to realize the dream of becoming a mother.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, over 6 million women deal with infertility issues. Experts typically define infertility as “having one year of regular intercourse, two to three times weekly, with regular periods, without achieving pregnancy.”
Many OBGYNs, especially those working as reproductive endocrinologists and other subspecialties of obstetrics, have started putting their patients with fertility issues on a so-called “fast track to fertility.” This fast-track leads straight to in-vitro fertilization, commonly referred to as IVF, many times overlooking simpler, less expensive and more effective methods.
The Institute for Reproductive Health’s website states that IVF is expensive, costing between $8,000 and $9,000 a cycle. Additionally, IVF may not work on the first try and can result in multiples, especially twins and triplets. The success rate for IVF runs between 20 and 50 percent, depending on the age of the mother, as well as the age of the egg.
These reproductive specialists mean well by offering IVF as an immediate solution to a patient’s infertility issues, but these doctors feed on a patient’s insecurities. “Infertility patients are anxious, frustrated and want action,” OBGYN Ron Thompson points out. “IVF only has a success rate of 30 percent, but for them something is better than nothing.”
Additionally, reproductive specialists need to cover the expenses of research, including the costs of the IVF and sperm capacitation laboratory and a PhD embryologist. Dr. Thompson says these costs can reach upwards of $40,000 a month. More IVF treatments mean more money for that practice, helping cover the costs of research and more.
A new infertility product, new on the market in 2012, hopes to change the fast track to fertility by offering an inexpensive, easy and effective solution. ToConceive, developed by an OBGYN using Nobel-prize winning technology, concentrates on sperm capacitation, the process that allows the sperm to fertilize an egg.
Applied directly to the clitoris, ToConceive gives the women the necessary natural lubrication she may lack and provides for optimum survival and function of the sperm, which leads to an increase odds of conception every cycle. Research has found that with 75 percent of women with fertility problems, the main issue is a lack of natural lubrication during intercourse. For those women experiencing a lack of proper lubrication, ToConceive offers an effective solution.
ToConceive offers hope to the millions of women dealing with infertility issues, without fast tracking to expensive options like IVF.