I am by no means going to say that my journey to conceive has been difficult this time around, but it is taking a lot longer than I had hoped for but no where near as long as it took for my first child. I wasn’t naive enough to think that at my age I would get pregnant right away (I was secretly hoping) but I also hoped that it wouldn’t be 6 months of trying before something happened. Last month just after I posted my update about baby #5, I got a positive pregnancy test. I was happy and excited but part of me, even if it was a small part, felt like it just didn’t seem 100%. I ended up taking 6 home pregnancy tests in total and I got 3 positives and 3 negatives. I found out later that the negatives were because those particular digital tests don’t read the smaller levels of HCG as well as the analog tests do. So I headed to the doctor still not completely sure I was (I mean I have been pregnant 4 times and 4 times I just knew) and he sent me to get bloodwork done and told me he would have the results in 3 days. 3 days ended up being the next morning and they called to tell me the bloodwork had come back positive.
I started to finally believe it and we were happy. 2 days later, I was no longer pregnant. This was extremely hard for me as every time I have found out I was pregnant, I went on to have happy and healthy babies. This time it just wasn’t meant to be. I didn’t have a miscarriage as my period actually came the day after I would have been due so it is considered a chemical pregnancy. It means that sperm fertilized egg but it never got the chance to implant. I can only imagine what some women experience when they have multiple miscarriages, chemical pregnancies or no positive test results at all. I know I have spoken of my inability to get pregnant and my path to being a mom here. It was probably one of the worst times in my life. I mean I can’t think of anything worse than wanting something so bad and not being able to have it. I had always wanted to be a mom from as far back as I can remember and the struggle to get pregnant with my first is not something I would wish on any couple.
Thankfully, there is now another less costly option for couples trying to conceive. It’s a non-invasive at-home method called The Stork. I learned about this product several months ago but at the time we weren’t thinking of adding another little one to the mix. My age is a huge factor in whether or not we will be able to have this baby as your fertility drops as you get older. I know that we will not be able to afford any costly treatments this time around so if it doesn’t happen naturally for us within the time frame we have set, then there will be no more babies. I did have some costs when I went through a few months of fertility treatments with my first (which thankfully were mostly covered by our insurance at the time) but none as expensive as IUI or IVF, having another option like the Stork would have been great had we needed to look at that option.
The Stork was approved by Health Canada in 2013, in order to help to the millions struggling to conceive. The Stork offers a relaxed and private way of conceiving in your own home. It was created based on cervical cap insemination, a well-established technique used by healthcare professionals for decades. This technique puts the sperm at the opening of the cervix, optimizing chances of conception. Did you know that cervical cap insemination has a documented success rate of approximately 20%, which is comparable to the 16-21% success rate of IUI’s. The Stork is drug-free, safe, and cost efficient. It serves as a first step before starting assisted reproductive treatments, or after having already tried them. The Stork puts you in control; you can use it to optimize your chances to conceive today.
I was really happy to see this come to the Canadian market because for some couples who can’t afford the costly IUI or IVF process, having at least another option that has almost the same success rate as IUI but for a mere fraction of the cost is a blessing. You can read how it works here or watch the video below.
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Disclosure: I am part of The Stork at-home conception aid campaign with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.