Helping to break the silence! RESOLVE’s Walk of Hope in Houston, TX.

Carson at The Stork table.

Carson at The Stork table.

Resolve’s 2014 Texas Walk of Hope proved that those struggling with infertility don’t stand alone.  Over the course of the morning we had the privilege to talk to many individuals and groups of people who chose to donate their time and money to raising awareness about those struggling with infertility, and advocating the need for infertility treatment.  From person to person, team to team everyone had the same sense of support and purpose.  Resolve’s many amazing volunteers were able to create a very upbeat and happy atmosphere for all participants.  We are very proud to support such a proactive and remarkable group.  We are looking forward to our next Walk of Hope in Scottsdale this month.

Participate in the next event held in Scottsdale, Arizona on March 22nd. For more information click here.

 

Sign up today!

Sign up today!

Join Rinovum at the RESOLVE Walk of Hope in Houston, Texas

We are proud partners of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and excited to be joining them this year for the Walks of Hope. The three walks will be held in the following cities: Houston, Texas, Scottsdale, Arizona and Washington, D.C. The first one will be on February 23rd in Houston, Texas at the Sugarland Town Square. If you live in the area or will happen to be there that weekend, come join us!

According to RESOLVE: “The Walk of Hope is a national event that raises funds to support local programming, public awareness initiatives and advocacy efforts to ensure that all family building options are available to all.”

Did you know that…

  • More than 1 million couples suffer from secondary infertility (difficulty conceiving after their 1st child).
  • Nearly half a million people in Texas have been diagnosed with infertility.

*All facts from RESOLVE.

The February event will be held at the Sugarland Town Square on February 23rd. Check-in begins at 8 AM and the walk begins at 9 AM. To register visit: resolve.org/texaswalk

Come out and support RESOLVE with us!

 

Walk of Hope 2014

 

So how does The Stork® work?

© 2013 Rinovum Women's Health, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

© 2013 Rinovum Women’s Health, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

One of the most frequent questions we get from many of you is “how does The Stork work?”. What a great question! The Stork uses cervical cap insemination to aid in conception. Well now you might be asking “Well, what is cervical cap insemination”?

Cervical cap insemination has been used by healthcare providers for decades to help people with becoming pregnant. The Stork uses a similar technique adding a special applicator to place the cap near the cervix. The best part – all of this is done in the privacy of home.

The Stork has two main parts to it – the Conceptacle® and the applicator. The Conceptacle is used during natural intercourse, or alternatively with donor sperm, to collect the semen. The Conceptacle consists of a cervical cap inside of a condom-like sheath. Both of these items are made out of silicone, making them latex-free! The cap is taken out of the condom (careful, precious cargo inside!) then placed into the applicator.

The applicator allows for delivery of the cervical cap containing the semen to the cervical os. Once the semen has been collected, the cervical cap is placed onto the included applicator that cradles the cap, compressing it for ease of tracking into the vagina to the opening of the cervical os. The cervical cap allows the semen to stay close to the region that it needs to be near to swim up through to get to the egg

We have a great video on how-to-use The Stork on our website www.thestorkforwomen.com. The quick 2-minute video shows step-by-step the process of using the product. Click here for our how-to-use video: http://thestorkforwomen.com/index.php/using-the-stork

 

 

National Infertility Awareness Week in the UK: 28.10.13 – 3.11.13

Today marks the beginning of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) in the UK. Approximately 3.5 million people in the UK are struggling with trying to become pregnant, that’s 1 in 6! NIAW was created to encourage the community to start the conversation and get more people talking about infertility. While NIAW officially runs from the 28th of October through the 3rd of November there are plenty of ways to remain involved through the entire year.

Copyright 2013 niaw.org.uk

Copyright 2013 niaw.org.uk

For a full list of events and additional ideas on how to become involved, visit http://www.niaw.org.uk/index.php?content=involved.

Near the Olympia this weekend? Stop in at The Fertility Show being held on November 1st and November 2nd. To purchase tickets to the exhibit hall and informational seminars by some of the infertility community’s leading specialist, click here: http://www.fertilityshow.co.uk/

Be sure to visit Rinovum Women’s Health at Booth #68 where we will be debuting The Stork conception aid!

The Stork at ASRM (Oct.12th-17th)

All of us at Rinovum are pretty excited for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting starting today in Boston. Be sure to stop by Booth #344!

-Meet the CEO and Founder of Rinovum Womens’ Health, Stephen Bollinger.

-Learn about The Stork and how the product can help patients early in their treatment path.

-See live demos of the device.

http://www.asrm.org/IFFS-ASRM2013/

Looking forward to seeing you there!

© 2013 Rinovum Women's Health, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

© 2013 Rinovum Women’s Health, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Stork is “hopping across the pond” – Coming soon to the UK!

© 2013 Rinovum Women's Health, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

© 2013 Rinovum Women’s Health, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Stork has received CE mark (European Conformance). The CE mark will allow for Rinovum to bring The Stork to Europe and other markets that recognize the CE mark. The Stork is a take-home conception aid designed to assist couples with becoming pregnant from the privacy of home.

“As Rinovum delivers The Stork under a prescription today in the U.S., we are excited to expand the technology’s reach outside the U.S.,” says CEO and Founder, Stephen Bollinger.

Today, approximately 10 million couples in the EU are struggling with fertility issues. The Stork was designed to assist those struggling with common fertility difficulties such as: low sperm count, low sperm motility, hostile vaginal environment, ovulation timing and unexplained infertility.

It is a drug-free product that uses a condom-like sheath for collection and a tampon-like applicator for delivery of semen to the cervical opening by way of cervical cap. It is an easy way to “bridge the gap” between natural intercourse and more aggressive assisted reproductive treatments.The Stork is indicated for home use assisted insemination by couples who are trying to become pregnant. The Stork contains a cervical cap inside a condom-like silicone sheath and an applicator. It is used to collect semen into a cervical cap then deliver it to the outside of the cervix as an aid to conception. The Stork cervical cap should not be left in place for longer than 6 hours.

“…The great news is that The Stork will be available to them without a prescription from a physician. As couples attempt to nudge the stork with ovulation predictor kits, they can now go beyond simple diagnostic support, and get one step close to their goals of building a family naturally,” says Mr. Bollinger.

To learn more about The Stork visit, www.thestorkforwomen.com. A website for the UK market is currently under development. Live in the UK? Come check The Stork out at The Fertility Show on November 2 and 3rd at the Olympia.

Rinovum at Women’s Health Conversations – 9/12/13

We couldn’t be more excited to be attending AND exhibiting at Women’s Health Conversations tomorrow, Sept. 12 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh!  Rinovum will have a table in the exhibit hall where we will be displaying The Stork conception aid.

The Stork was designed to assist couples who are trying to become pregnant. The product uses cervical cap insemination and is available for purchase through our website www.thestorkforwomen.com with a valid prescription. Email info@rinovum.com for more information or call us today at 412-200-7996!

About the conference:

The day’s agenda includes presentations/conversations on “today’s woman” from leading health experts. Women’s Health Conversations was founded by Dr. Vonda Wright and focuses on helping women to prioritize their bodies, brains and bliss.

    Copyright Image: Women’s Health Conversations 2013

List of speakers:

The list of speakers can be found by clicking here: http://womenshealthconversations.com/speakers.html

To register: https://vondawright.wufoo.com/forms/z7x4m1/

How low? Low Sperm Count & Male-Factor Fertility Issues

© Xan Mayer

© 2013 Painting by Xan Mayer

Do you know what some of the most common causes of male fertility issues are? Low sperm count (oligospermia), low sperm motility (how the sperm moves), and morphology. A diagnosis of male factor fertility can be very hard for many men given the sensitivity of the diagnosis. When most people have trouble with getting pregnant the woman is often suspected of having the issues, however today approximately 40% of infertility issues are male-related. Understanding what the most common mild male-factor fertility issues are and what may contribute to those issues, can help a couple begin to understand what path they will need to follow when trying to conceive.

Oligospermia or low sperm count: You’re asking how low is low? What exactly is the range that puts you or your partner’s sperm count in the low category? What factors are causing changes to sperm counts? These questions being asked day in/day out by patients and physicians globally.

How low is low? According to the American Pregnancy Association’s website, a healthy male will produce a volume of 2 mL of semen. Sperm count for a “normal” male will be between 20 million sperm per mL to 300 million sperm per mL of semen. A male is diagnosed with a low sperm count when his semen has less than 20 million sperm per mL of semen.

Low sperm motility: Motility is how the sperm moves. A semen analysis test will rate the movement on a level of 0-4, with a 3 being considered good.

Morphology: Morphology refers to the shape of the sperm and can affect the ability to conceive. Physicians often use Kruger’s strict morphology method in their semen evaluation to determine the morphology rating. A rating of less than 4% may mean the couple may have better chances of conceiving through IVF with ICSI or Intracytoplasmic semen injection.

Recently published studies are discussing a variety of factors that affect sperm quality and a variety of factors and how those factors are contributing to the decline of male sperm count. I have listed some of the most recent study results below.

All information for this post can be found on the CDC website, American Pregnancy Association website and on ASRM’s website.

To learn more about Rinovum Women’s Health and The Stork, visit www.thestorkforwomen.com.

 

Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries!! Bring on summer fruits for fertility!

It’s no secret that eating your recommended DAILY intake of fruits and vegetables has amazing health benefits. What some of us may not know is that eating antioxidant and vitamin-rich fruits may help improve his sperm count and motility.

Berries, berries, berries!

Antioxidants - Studies have shown that antioxidants may reduce the amount of oxidative DNA damage to our reproductive cells. Oxidative DNA damage is caused by oxidative stress and is to blame for some unexplained subfertility issues such as low sperm count (Oligospermia). A fairly recent study reported a statistically significant increase in pregnancy success rate in the participants taking antioxidant supplements compared to the control group. You can find the study here – OXIDATIVE DNA STUDY.

Vitamin C – The Cleveland Clinic reviewed current literature on the effects of antioxidants on male fertility; the ability to improve fertilization and pregnancy rates. The results of all the research reviewed showed that Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Carnitines have successfully shown to be effective to augment “first-step” treatments. They did call out in the paper that further research is needed to fully determine efficacy.

To read the full white paper on the results, CLEVELAND CLINIC STUDY.

So what foods are rich in antioxidants?

Berries! Blueberries (a “superfood”), blackberries, raspberries, strawberries! Put them in smoothies, on top of salads or baked into some of your other favorite recipes. There are many ways to sneak these fruits into your diet! One of my favorite smoothie recipes includes: 1/4 c. each of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, 6 oz. of skim-milk, 1/2 c. of spinach (another superfood and trust me, with all the great berries in this, you barely notice the greens) and 1 tbsp. of peanut butter (natural) all blended together for a powerful punch of antioxidants and vitamins!

Other foods rich in antioxidants according to WEBMD - Kidney beans, red beans, artichokes, plums, pecan, black cherries.

3-Parent IVF Technique

Britain may become the first country next year to begin using the “controversial” 3-parent DNA technique. The new technique will be one part of the new fertility regulations that are up for public review this year, before all move to Parliament.  This ground-breaking technique raises a lot of questions from not only the public, but also the government and medical professionals. Will it pave the path to “unethical” altering of DNA to produce children with specific traits desired by the parents? What are the legal implications of having three biological parents? What are the emotional issues for all involved? While all of these questions are valid and will continue to be asked until well after the technique is initiated by fertility physicians, let’s break-down what exactly the technique is and what benefits it will bring.

 What is the 3-parent DNA in-vitro fertilization technique? 

The 3-parent IVF technique will allow for doctors to “fix” the mother’s damaged embryo cells with a 3rd party’s healthy DNA. The child born from this embryo cell will be less likely to suffer from mitochondrial disorders that they would have been predisposed to.

Mitochondrial disorders can affect many parts of the body: kidneys, heart, brain, liver, muscles, ears, etc. Heart, liver disease and kidney disease are all examples of potential diseases from mitochondrial disorders. Mitochondria are very tiny parts of every cell in your body. When they work correctly they will turn sugar and oxygen into energy. Symptoms of mitochondrial disorders tend to show early in childhood years for those affected.

The procedure involves taking the genetic nuclear material from the mother’s egg and transferring it into a “genetically cleared-out” donor egg. The new embryo will then contain DNA from the father, the mother and the donor of the embryo.

Not much is known on the short- and long-term effects of the new technique. The technique has the scientific community divided. The IVF world will be watching Britain!

Sources: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/mitochondrial-faq.html