Starting a family at the age of 30 and being told that my chances of conceiving diminished with every minute we waited seemed daunting. Up until then my husband and I had put our many years of education and then careers ahead of starting a family, never finding the “right” time to try. We got lucky with our first and almost immediately fell pregnant with our first son. When I turned 34 almost 35 we decided to add another sweet baby to our family. The process took us much longer but again we fell pregnant right before the cut off when you start to really worry. After our second son was born we knew our family wasn’t complete so we began to talk about timing since I was over 35 and our third pregnancy would be a “geriatric” pregnancy. The road was a long and bumpy road. We lost two pregnancies to an ectopic followed by a miscarriage. I was heartbroken but felt so blessed with the two we had but we still felt our family was incomplete, so we continued to try. Unsuccessful month after unsuccessful month went by and a trip to a trusted IVF doctor revealed that my fertility was waning, so much in fact that I wasn’t even a good candidate for IVF. My mind went into overdrive.
It could be the first time you try to get pregnant or the time is right to grow your family. One thing is certain, as hopeful parents to be we’ve all been there. Up late into the wee hours of the morning scouring the internet for the easiest way to get pregnant, Googling any tips or tricks on how to get pregnant faster, or even how to try for a boy or a girl specifically. As a million thoughts pass through your mind you search and search for the most effective way to ensure that you take advantage of every opportunity.
Well, that was me: a busy-professional mom, ready to get pregnant, and dissecting every bit of the conception process to see what I needed to do. As I thought about the various steps, and tried to get pregnant, one step in the process caught my attention over and over again. Having to lay there for an extended amount of time after trying, the subsequent leaking, and why there was no solution. I began looking for products to keep the semen inside immediately after sex, and to my surprise I couldn’t find any products… at least nothing that would supplement the natural method of trying. So, I began developing a fertility plug, which would be inserted after intercourse to keep the semen in and allow women to get up and go about business while optimizing the brief fertility window we all have. With the help of an obstetrician, The Lief was born.
The Lief, which is completely designed and manufactured in the U.S.A., is a simple insert made of medical grade silicone. The patented design provides a balance between comfort for the mom or mom-to-be, and function (to maintain close proximity between the sperm and the cervix). It is designed to be inserted after intercourse so that you don’t have to lay there indefinitely or contort your body into various positions to help gravity move the sperm toward the cervix. I sincerely hope that it works for you and gives you that extra nudge toward building or expanding your family!