When You’re Trying to Conceive.

While I have received compensation for this post from Fertility Planit, all opinions are my own.

So I’m going to be a little more honest with you than usual.

Wait, is that even possible? I think I skate the balance of honesty and TMI all too often. It’s ok, though. I generally know what feels comfortable, and when I can talk about something with as much class as possible, while also helping people, it’s when I’m happiest with blogging. The topic today is conception. I’ll be happy to tell my own stories, but the bottom line is that my personality.. is not good at waiting. I was telling a writer friend just yesterday that maybe the reason I love going out into the wild and looking for moose, is because they’re hard animals to find and it takes patience to try. I’m not good at patience.

So what does a moose have to do with patience? Well, what does anything have to do with moose? I just love them. It’s about how looking for moose, and also, having and raising children has made me a more patient person, or at least when it’s most important. I’m just someone who wants to have control when I can. The thought of waiting for missing periods once a month breaks my heart, sure. It’s not a perfect process, but there are ways to help even when it seems like there aren’t. Like this:

With all honesty and due to respect, and whatever else you can say, Scarlet was a happy surprise. She was the happiest surprise I can think of, because I really wanted a daughter (I can’t help it) and I really was afraid of getting to the point of wanting kids, and it not happening on its own. I was petrified. When I saw the “Pregnant” on my digital pregnancy test (I can’t handle pink lines) I cried from fear, and then I settled into sweet relief. That it had happened. That it seemed to be going well. That dreams come true. And mainly, that it wasn’t hard. It can be so hard. You may even know that reading this.

It’s no perfect process, but it’s the one we’ve got. And there are ways we can help it along. With Des, it wasn’t as easy. He was planned, so it was already harder than a happy surprise. In truth, it didn’t take long. Not at all. Even that short time, though, was so hard for me. I know what it’s like to get your period when you don’t want it. I know what it’s like to wish and hope and wonder. Mainly, there are loved ones in my life who suffered far worse and for far longer than me. That’s what most interests me about The Stork OTC. I think it’s no secret to anyone that I might want a third child. Maybe a fourth!

What stops us? All kinds of pesky logistical, financial, and bodily considerations, but also, that it doesn’t always go according to plan. It can be difficult for anyone. We haven’t tried, but it’s a consideration for our future. I don’t have an ideal number of children in mind, but I want to feel done, and I don’t right now. That doesn’t mean I won’t, but right now I’m comfortable with documenting our #StorkStories journey. Have you ever seen The Stork® OTC? Do you have experience with it?

So you may be wondering what exactly The Stork OTC is? It’s a home-use conception aid that combines an innovative applicator with an established conception technique – cervical cap insemination. The Stork OTC can be used in private, at home, and also without a prescription. It’s a first-step treatment option for couples before more invasive procedures are considered. So this bridges the gap between natural intercourse and costly, in-office treatment options (like IUI or IVF). What The Stork OTC does is collection semen into the cervical cap with a condom-like sheath called the Conceptacle. The Conceptacle is worn during intercourse (or alternatively, donor sperm can be used with the device). The sperm is delivered then, to the opening of the cervix by way of the applicator. It will remain in place for up to six hours, and then can be removed with a simple tampon-like pull chord. I am not great with directions, but I found the box to make sense to me.

Who should use The Stork OTC? Couples who are trying to become pregnant, male patients diagnosed with low sperm count or motility issues, couples trying to become pregnant without intercourse, healthy couples who desire to control timing, couples who seek out private options for trying to conceive or at-home insemination options, and couples are not ready to take the next step to in-oce treatment options, such as IUI and IVF. So as you can see, a lot of people seek out this conception aid.

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