We're always on the lookout for new products that could make the lives of moms-to-be and moms easier and more manageable. Thankfully, many innovators also don't stop thinking of ideas and making them a reality. These are our two most recent finds:
Evie Trying to get pregnant can sometimes be stressful and way too expensive, especially when you need to resort to procedures. For many couples who consult reproductive specialists, intrauterine insemination (IUI) is often the next step if they encounter fertility issues. In an IUI, a man's sperm is injected directly into the woman's uterus, reducing the sperm's travel time to reach the fallopian tubes and (hopefully!) increase the chances that it will fertilize an egg. It's less invasive than in vitro fertilization (IVF), but it's not always successful.
The Telegraph reports that researchers in the U.K. may have found a way to make IUI much more convenient and could be less harsh on the pocket. Evie is a small, one-time-use slow-release pump that releases sperm into the woman's uterus. Once Evie has been put in place by a doctor, the woman can go about her normal day while the device is strapped to the inside of her thigh for four hours. Then, the woman can easily remove the device and dispose of it herself after four hours. Think of it as a do-it-yourself IUI procedure.
According to manufacturer Reproductive Sciences, Evie is twice more effective than a standard IUI procedure. The slow release actually gives a strong sperm candidate more time to reach an egg instead of being crowded with a lot of sperm at the same time.
Evie, though, is not for all women. It works best for women under age 35, and is considered a good option for couples diagnosed with unexplained fertility, for cases wherein "male subfertility" is an issue, and for women with grade 1 to 2 endometriosis. This product actually sounds promising for couples, but it's not yet available in the market.
MilkScreen Getting used to your new normal life after pregnancy and giving birth is a challenge, but eventually you will get your groove back -- like have a glass of wine even if you're breastfeeding.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says nursing mothers can have an occasional alcoholic drink -- the equivalent of a 12-ounce beer, 4-ounce glass of wine, or 1 ounce of hard liquor -- but they should wait at least two hours per drink before breastfeeding their baby.
But not everybody digests alcohol the same way, and even if you use breast pump, it does not guarantee that you've eliminated every bit of alcohol in your system even after drinking lots of water. It's really hard to tell, so you better not drink, right?
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Well, that's where MilkScreen comes handy. It's a home test that can detect alcohol in breast milk quickly and easily. Just express a few drops of your breast milk onto the test strips and in two minutes, it will tell you if it has alcohol content or not. You don't have to guess whether or not your breast milk is safe and you don't have to feel guilty about indulging in a glass of wine every now and then. Two birds with one stone!
According to its website, doctors in the U.S approve and recommend MilkScreen. And the best news: MilkScreen is available in pack of 8s (P1,095) and 20s (P1,595) on milkandhoney.ph.
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