Infertility, the Secret Sacrifice of Military Service

Stork® OTC, Co-Developed by an Army Veteran, Offers
Affordable Fertility Option For Thousands of U.S. Military Men and Women
Trying to Conceive

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–While infertility impacts one in every six couples in the United States,
serving in the military can further complicate conception issues as
injuries and deployments, primarily occurring during peak reproduction
years, can disrupt the ability to conceive. Injuries aside, nearly half
of all U.S. military officers are between the ages of 26 and 35, and
roughly two-thirds of enlisted personnel are younger than 30, meaning
the majority of the Armed Forces are sacrificing their prime
reproductive years to serve their country, with key time spent away from
their partners or spouses1.

The issue of conception by military couples is further compounded by the
decision of Veteran Affairs (VA) to not cover advanced treatments for
infertility. “The VA does not currently provide coverage for the costs
of in vitro fertilization and more specific treatments for veterans,
even if their fertility issues are a result of combat or training
injuries,” explains U.S. Army veteran Stephen Bollinger, President and
CEO of Rinovum Women’s Health, and co-creator of the Stork
home conception device. Bollinger co-developed Stork OTC after
experiencing infertility issues when trying to conceive his first child.

“The Stork OTC offers the first at-home and economical way to use the
proven medical technique of cervical cap insemination, once only
available in a clinic setting, to help with conception,” explains Dr.
Michael J. Pelekanos, board-certified OB/GYN in Monroeville, PA. “It can
be effective for those in the military who are trying to better control
timing or to assist in the delivery of sperm to the cervix in those
cases where injury to the veteran makes this impossible through natural

The Stork OTC uses a condom-like sheath for the collection of sperm and
an easy-to-use tampon-like applicator which delivers the cervical cap of
sperm close to the cervical opening. It is available for purchase at
select retailers nationwide and online for the average retail price of
$79.99, making it more accessible and less expensive than other
first-line options for all couples trying to conceive. To learn more
about how it works, watch the full video here.
For more information and store availability, as well as pregnancy
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About The Stork Ib2C, Inc., A Rinovum Women’s Health Company

Rinovum Women’s Health is a privately held women’s health company
dedicated to bringing products into the market that will enhance women’s
lives and empower them to take charge of their health. The Stork Ib2C,
Inc., A Rinovum Women’s Health Company, launched its flagship product,
The Stork® OTC, which is a conception device for reproductive health to
assist in natural fertility and conception in the privacy of the
patient’s home. Rinovum Women’s Health aims to support the development
of products that are easy-to-use and safe, as well as a more economical
way for a couple to address some of these issues. For more information
about Rinovum Women’s Health, The Stork Ib2C, Inc., and The Stork OTC,



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