Common Over-The-Counter Medications Likely One Factor In
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The results of the August
2016 report from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) that found American fertility rates have fallen to an all-time low
are driven by a number of factors – including the effect of more than a
dozen over-the-counter medications.
According to the CDC, the number of babies born per 1,000 women ages 15
to 44 are at the lowest levels since 1909. These findings, which are
based on population data from the CDC that track birth and fertility
statistics, reported that the fertility rate decreased from 60 births
per 1,000 women in the first quarter of 2015 to 59.8 per 1,000 in the
first quarter of 2016, meaning that fewer babies are being born to women
of likely childbearing age in the U.S. The general fertility rate in the
United States has fallen more than 10 percent since 2007.
“The CDC’s findings aren’t that surprising,” Michael La Vean, President
and Founder of Conceivex, maker of The
Conception Kit®, a new at-home, cost-effective infertility treatment
option now available in the U.S., said. “While there are more than 20
million women who are affected by infertility today, we also know that
male sperm counts have declined 58 percent since 1938. Clearly, millions
of couples need some extra help to start their families – ideally
assistance that is affordable, private, and doesn’t require extensive
hormone and other invasive treatments.”
For men, a wide range of over-the-counter medications can dramatically
decrease fertility. These include: anabolic steroids and
corticosteroids, high blood pressure medications, diuretics, a number of
common antacids, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, certain
antipsychotics, methadone, anticonvulsants, along with chemotherapy and
immunosuppressant medications. A complete list is available here: What
We Can Help Address.
The Conception Kit is an FDA cleared, drug- and hormone-free infertility
first step treatment that couples use in the privacy of their own home.
It is available nationally for a $30-$75 co-pay with a prescription at
more than 65,000 pharmacies in the U.S., including Walmart, Target, Rite
Aid, and Walgreens. Additionally, about 60 percent of insured
individuals in the U.S. already have reimbursable access to it through
their pharma benefits managers Express Scripts, CVS/Caremark, and others.
The FDA required clinical trials on placement of The Conception Kit’s
Conception Cap (a key part of the kit) and instructions by patients.
During the trials, 24 percent of the patients got pregnant during the
first 30 days. This group had failed with other methods used for
conception such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine
insemination (IUI). Patients who can successfully conceive using The
Conception Kit have a likelihood of having a single, healthy birth at
full-term based on successful user accounts to date.
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).
“The Conception Kit is an important step toward answering a wide range
of infertility questions for American couples,” La Vean added. “I
encourage people who may be struggling to conceive to look into all
possible options and discuss the best route to fulfill your family goals
with your doctor.”
About Conceivex, Inc.
Conceivex, Inc., manufactures and distributes the Conception Kit® a
safe, effective, FDA cleared, and reasonably priced healthcare product
that helps couples overcome infertility in the privacy of their own
home. The Conception Kit® , which is covered by insurance and available
via pharma benefit managers (including Express Scripts and
CVS/Caremark), is obtainable with a prescription at Target, Walmart,
Rite Aid, Walgreens, and 65,000 pharmacies nationwide. Find out more at www.conceptionkit.com,
on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/conceptionkit/,
and on LinkedIn.
Michael W. Robinson, 202-255-0737