BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fertility challenges continue for couples who want to start a family today, as highlighted by two recent developments:
- A new study found that 18- to 22-year-old men who were conceived through a common type of in vitro fertilization (IVF) had almost half the sperm concentration and a two-fold lower total sperm count and total count of motile sperm that could swim well compared to men their age that had been conceived naturally. This study focused on 54 men who were conceived via intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), a technique developed in the 1990s to treat cases when infertility is tied to the male. Study co-author, Andre Van Steirteghem of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at the University Hospital of Vrije University in Brussels, noted that, “This study indicates that ICSI done for severe male factor infertility may lead to the same condition [in male offspring] as the one in the father.”
- In September, the magazine New Scientist reported that a boy born five months earlier had been conceived using the DNA from three people, one male and two females. This “three parent process” enabled the avoidance of a rare genetic mutation carried by one of the females in this case. The same magazine reported earlier this month that two women in Ukraine are currently pregnant with children conceived via the “three parent process” that was used, in these cases, to treat infertility.
“Couples who want to start a family today face a more complex environment and higher costs,” Michael La Vean, President and Founder of Conceivex, maker of The Conception Kit® at-home system, said. “Fortunately, there now is an insurance-covered, at home, alternative that couples can use as their first step to overcome infertility. Previously, couples either had to continue to struggle or move directly to more expensive and invasive treatments since that first step never existed.”
The Conception Kit is an FDA cleared, drug- and hormone-free infertility treatment that couples can get with a prescription for a $30-$75 co-pay (under many insurance plans). About 60 percent of insured individuals in the U.S. already have reimbursable access to the Conception Kit through their pharma benefits manager (including Express Scripts, CVS/Caremark, and others) and it is available at more than 65,000 pharmacies in the U.S., including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and Rite Aid.
The FDA required clinical trials on placement of the Conception Kit’s Conception Cap (a cervical cap that is used for insemination at home) and instructions by patients. During the trials, 24 percent of the patients got pregnant during the first 30 days.
By comparison, many historic infertility treatment options can prove costly. For example, a single cycle of IVF costs $12,500 on average, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and is not always covered by insurance. And while advancements have been made in IVF treatment, patients who elect this route to address infertility still face risks, including multiple births as well as premature births that can land newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and thereby drive up overall healthcare costs.
The Conception Kit provides three months of supplies (including 24 ovulation predictors, three pregnancy tests, along with the Conception Cap, and a number of additional proprietary aides) – that, in many cases, would cost more over-the-counter than the total amount of the co-pay. Even without a co-pay, the entire Conception Kit is available for $360.
Conceivex, Inc., manufactures and distributes The Conception Kit® at-home system, a safe, effective, FDA cleared, and reasonably priced healthcare product that helps couples overcome infertility at home. The Conception Kit, which is covered by many insurance plans (including Express Scripts and CVS/Caremark), is obtainable with a prescription at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and 65,000 pharmacies nationwide. Find out more at www.conceptionkit.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/conceptionkit/, on LinkedIn, and on Twitter (@conceptionkit).