Friday, July 13th, 2007
Review: Thumbs Up for the Do-It-Yourself Conception Kit by Conceivex
Wait a minute. How could someone write a hands-on review of the Conception Kit by Conceivex? Oh, that’s right, my wife and I used one.
That’s right, we’re pregnant! Oh, and no one in my family is receiving formal notification. This is it, baby.
We have a 3-year-old daughter and have been trying to get pregnant again for seven months. We began in January, foolishly thinking we would get pregnant right away because that’s what happened our first time around. It would have meant a 3.5-year gap between the baby and our first daughterâ€”a large gap in our minds, but not untenable.
Months passed without success, and a few weeks before my daughter’s third birthday we felt like our time window was closing. So I requested a review sample of the home-based do-it-yourself Conception Kit by Conceivex that I had blogged about a few months earlier. The company agreed, and we got busy.
The first thing you notice upon opening the kit is the cohesive branding of the boxes. There are 16 boxes in all, with each component delegated its own small box, each box branded with the same photo of a cute sleeping baby. It’s complete overkill, but helps convey the importance of the task at hand. The whole thing exudes a certain pride in ownership.
The kit comes with everything you need to determine ovulation, collect semen and lock away sperm inside the cervix for a six to eight hour meet-and-greet with the egg. You receive three complete sets of supplies to try this once a month. We were successful on our second try.
Step 1: RTFM! Read the Fertility Manual (PDF). These aren’t bicycle assembly instructions to be ignored on Christmas Eve. The Conceivex instructions are easier, but hey, don’t skip a step.
Step 2: Use the kit’s conception wheel and ovulation journal to determine when Mom’s egg is likely to drop, primed and ready for fertilization.
Step 3: Mom uses a classic pee test, the kit’s Ovulation Predictor sticks, to determine when her body is experiencing the Luteinizing Hormone increase (or “LH surge”) which indicates that the egg has been released. You proceed to the next step no sooner than 24 and no later than 48 hours after the stick detects the surge.
The kit contains 8 Ovulation Predictors per attempt (per month), to be used once per day in your predicted timeframe. The eight sticks give you plenty of overlap in case your tracking is off.
These sticks are essentially what you can buy at a drug store, though every test we’ve tried has a different recommendation on whether to perform the test upon waking up, a few hours after waking or a long time after waking. Weird.
Step 4: Dad dons a Non-latex Semen Collector, which to you and me looks like a non-latex condom. That’s right, pregnancy with condoms. Ain’t technology grand?
Step 5: Mom and Dad get busy as per the normal laws of our physical universe. Sorry, I didn’t pay a photographer to capture this part of the review.
An Sperm-Friendly Intimate Moisturizer packet is also available for easing this step in the process should you feel the need.
Step 6: Dad carefully empties the primordial baby goo from the condom into a surgical-grade silicone cup called a Conception Cap. The cap is a little bit bigger than the size of a man’s thumb.
Dad may wear a cooking apron and chemistry lab goggles if it makes him feel more comfortable as he squeezes his baby mix into the cap.
Step 7: Mom takes the Conception Cap, pinches it, inserts it into her vagina, and seals it around the opening of her cervix.
This is the hardest part of the process, a feat to be accomplished while keeping the cap upright to avoid spillage. Moms may want to explore their innards beforehand to get better acquainted with their plumbing. My wife is a nurse, and she knows her way around the underside of a kitchen sink. The manual explains how to do everything, but if you’re uncertain, confer with your gynecologist.
Step 8: The cap is worn for 6 to 8 hours, then removed by grabbing a loop on the cap and pulling. Nothing stops you from trying again to get pregnant the same month via natural methods.
Step 9: On the first day after Mom misses her period, use an included pee test stick to verify pregnancy.
What we disliked:
The kit is designed for three uses, essentially once per month. We would like to see additional supplies provided for each attempt. Suppose the condom breaks, or Dad is clumsy transferring his contents to the Conception Cap in Step 6. Throw in an extra condom, more than one pregnancy test, and so on.
That’s why the photo at the top of this review is a non-Conceivex pregnancy test stick. The instruction manual told us to conduct the test on the day of my wife’s missed period, but let’s not ignore human nature. Unknown to me, my wife had already used the three tests (all three months worth) that come with the Conception Kit and proceeded to use store-bought tests. Hot tip: some Dollar Tree stores are selling two-per-box testing sticks for $1, and they work. Yeah, I was surprised too, but apparently my wife can sniff out a good deal on pregnancy tests.
What we liked:
The packaging is superb. The instructions are clear. The process is straightforward and simple. The kit worked. We’re pregnant. Need I say more?
There is a lot of information from the company to sift through, and I’ve greatly simplified the steps for this review, but when you boil the process down to its basics, it really is simple.
The Conception Kit costs $300, which I’m guessing it a lot less expensive than three fertility treatments in a lab. Conceivex states that in a clinical trial, 24 percent of infertility patients became pregnant. Wow, and if you have no medical problems and are just in a hurry like us, I bet the success rate is monumental.
Oh, you’d better believe I’m saving the Conception Cap for our baby keepsake box. Your kid might think that’s freaky-disgusting, but my kid is going to think it’s wicked-cool.