Falling pregnant could become a little easier with the launch of a new insemination device called ‘Evie’.
Evie is a ‘sperm pump’ that offers an alternative to standard intrauterine insemination (IUI) where sperm is injected into the womb.
The device was developed by scientists in Warrington, Cheshire UK and slowly injects sperm over a few hours into the uterus.
The device could be a game changer for women who are struggling with infertility, endometriosis – where sex is painful, donor pregnancies and same sex couples who wish to start a family.
Evie makes it easy for women to fall pregnant while they go about their everyday lives.
The device has an insemination syringe through a catheter which is then placed into the uterus. This is attached to a holster on the upper thigh. A slow release of washed sperm (sperm that are strong and mixed with protein supplements ) is sent into the uterus for pregnancy to occur. The device is said to resemble natural conception where sperm is slowly filtered through the cervix.
David Dally of Reproductive Services explained to The Times, “This device gives women more freedom. The catheter is initially inserted by a health professional and then [the patient is] free to leave the clinic, go to work, go home.
“Four hours later they can remove the device themselves. It is a low-cost treatment that requires very little technology.”
IVF costs in Australia average at $5000 per cycle, with a success rate that ranges from 40 per cent for women under 30 and less than 10 per cent for women over 40.
Most couples who require assistance in falling pregnant will opt for IVF or insemination, which costs around $2000 (with a medicare rebate of $670) but is less successful that IVF.
Evie hopes to change the insemination statistics around. Already, early trials involving 250 women over three years has seen pregnancy rates as high as 35 per cent which is similar to the success rates of IVF.
It is hoped Evie will be on the market sometime next year and the price will be similar to IUIs.