New hope for conceiving.
For decades, the thimble-shaped cervical cap has been used for contraception. But now a new product is employing it for the opposite purpose. The Conception Kit, which contains ovulation predictor tests, semen collectors (akin to sterile, nonlatex condoms), sperm-safe lubricant and the aforementioned caps, is the first FDA-approved system designed to enhance a couple’s chance of getting pregnant naturally. Available with a doctor’s prescription through conceptionkit.com, the $299 kit allows you to transfer semen from the collector into the cap, then insert the cap so it is in direct contact with the cervix for four to six hours. According to Conception Kit developer Michael LaVean, the system can help couples overcome fertility problems like a low sperm count, poor motility and a tilted cervix.Photo: Robert Mitra