If you’re struggling with infertility – you should know that you are not alone. About 10% of American couples have trouble conceiving. A common thread we see from our Mosie community – and even with our personal friends and family – is people who jump too quickly to procedures like in vitro fertilization (IVF). The excitement, and sometimes the pressure can lead to spending thousands of dollars on a medical procedure that may not be totally necessary. We know a couple who felt pressured into doing IVF after their first visit to a doctor. Then after several failed IVF attempts – and tens of thousands of dollars later – and they got pregnant with a healthy baby using Mosie.
Mosie can be an ideal alternative for couples who are just starting to try, before they need to think about a more expensive and invasive procedure like IVF. The patent-pending Mosie syringe is designed to safely transfer sperm to the cervical opening with the goal of achieving conception. Mosie’s design is ideal for removing potential obstacles that certain couples may have. Some people find that using Mosie in the comfort of their own home and on their own terms is a big stress reliever. And not having to pay for a procedure and inject their body full of medications is also a relief!
However, there are cases where IVF is the only viable option. For example, if your fallopian tubes are tied, burned or damaged, or a male partner does not have sperm. While IVF can potentially increase a woman’s chance of getting pregnant, it is by no means a simple process. It involves using a combination of medicines and surgical procedures to fertilize an egg and implant in the uterus. Women take injectable hormones for weeks so that several eggs mature at the same time. Then a doctor will surgically retrieve the eggs, and then in a lab, the eggs will be mixed or injected with “washed sperm” – so they will fertilize. A few days after the eggs are fertilized and become an embryo, the doctor will put one of more of the embryos directly into the uterus. Pregnancy would happen if any of the embryos implant and begin to mature inside the uterus.
Many people ask us when they should stop trying on their own with the help of Mosie, and go see a reproductive endocrinologist (fertility specialist) for help. Experts recommend seeing a specialist if you are under the age of 35 and aren’t able to get pregnant after a year of trying. If you’re between 35 and 40 years old, experts advise going to see an RE after 6 months of trying. If you’re over 40, it should only be about 3 months before you head to see a fertility doctor.
There are many reasons couples may have trouble getting pregnant. If you’re a woman under age 35 – and you’ve been trying intercourse during your fertile window for a year you could have a medical issue like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, or a hormonal disorder. If you’re over 35, infertility could be due to an egg quality or quantity issue. And while many people assume infertility is a “female issue” in about 40% of infertility cases the medicalproblems are with the male partner.
You can make progress towards finding out what might be causing your infertility, by first understanding how your body works, andknowing how regularly you menstruate and ovulate. This will be important information to have while you are trying on your own and will also help you prepare for your first visit to a fertility doctor, if you end up needing to see one.
But sometimes even a specialist can’t figure it out. They may say you have “unexplained infertility” – which is exactly what happened to us. Not knowing the exact cause can be extremely frustrating – because you can’t even begin to solve a problem, if you don’t know what it is. That’s when many people might rush into procedures like IVF, before having the confidence of knowing they did everything they could on their own.
We have worked with several women and couples who were able to get pregnant using Mosie after failed IUI or IVF attempts. You can find a some of their stories in our Mosie Stories section here. In fact, a clinical study found Mosie's pregnancy rates comparable or superior to pregnancy rates of both IUI and timed intercourse.
Remember, whether it’s Mosie, IVF or another route you decide to take on your journey to building your family –know that everyone’s path is unique and so is the level of support and resources you will need. Feel free to reach out to us if we can help and support you in any way. We are cheering for you from afar and hope you find your sweet little one soon!