£ 2 fertility sperm-retaining cups are sold to desperate couples on eBay

Cheap and dangerous fertility devices are sold to desperate couples eBayMailOnline can reveal.

Experts have warned that the products – some of which must be inserted into a woman’s vagina – could cause deadly infections or allergic reactions.

This site has found dozens of examples sold for just £ 2, which claim to increase the chance of getting pregnant.

They included “cups” for women to insert up to 12 hours after sex to “retain sperm” and boost the chance of getting pregnant, as well as male “fertility tests” that promise to provide an “accurate sperm count”.

The “cups” used by women could be made of unregulated materials and trigger a toxic shock syndrome when bacteria enter the body and cause a life-threatening reaction, experts said.

And fertility tests, which are not regulated or approved, risk a malfunctioning result, they warned.

Men should see a doctor if they are struggling to get pregnant, if they have an underlying health problem, the experts added.

This site has found dozens of products online aimed at couples trying to get pregnant. A “Flex Disc”, which costs £ 10 for a pack of three, claims to be a “baby-making” device that women insert into the vagina for after sex and take up to 12 hours. The seller claims that it is a “proven” aid that works by sitting “at the cervix and helping” [semen] ekiru ‘

Silicone Fertility Cup is also available, which instructs women to insert it after sex for

Silicone Fertility Cup is also available, which instructs women to insert it after sex to “retain sperm for up to eight hours”. It also states that sperm can be deposited directly into the cup before it is placed in the vagina

The cheapest version of these products, marked

The cheapest version of these products, labeled “sperm collector”, sells for just £ 1.74. No instructions for use of the product are available

Meanwhile, male fertility tests are also on sale on eBay for £ 7.95.  The products claim to give an accurate sperm count within minutes.  Some pharmacies, including Boots and Superdrug, also sell versions of sperm tests.  But they warn customers to make an appointment with their doctor for further testing if the device shows a low result.

Meanwhile, male fertility tests are also on sale on eBay for £ 7.95. The products claim to give an accurate sperm count within minutes. Some pharmacies, including Boots and Superdrug, also sell versions of sperm tests. But they warn customers to make an appointment with their doctor for further testing if the device shows a low result.

Fertility problems are thought to affect one in seven couples in the UK.

Therapies including medications, surgical procedures, and assisted conception – such as IVF – are available to couples struggling to conceive.

But experts have told MailOnline that there is a growing trend of people looking for their own health needs as NHS expectations continue to rise.

MailOnline has found dozens of products online aimed at couples trying to get pregnant.

HOW COMMON IS INFERTILITY?

Infertility is when a couple cannot get pregnant (get pregnant) despite having regular unprotected sex.

About 1 in 7 couples may have difficulty conceiving.

About 84 percent of couples will become pregnant naturally within a year if they have regular unprotected sex – defined as every two to three days.

For couples who try to get pregnant for more than three years without success, the probability of getting pregnant naturally in the next year is one in four, or less.

Britons are advised to talk to their doctor if they have not been able to conceive after one year of testing.

Fertility is usually caused by a lack of regular ovulation, poor sperm, blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, and endometriosis.

Fertility can also be affected by age, weight, sexually transmitted infections, smoking, alcohol, exposure to insecticides, and stress.

Fertility treatments include medications to encourage regular ovulation, surgical procedures to repair fallopian tubes or scars, and assisted contraception, such as IVF.

Source: NHS

A “Flex Disc”, which costs £ 10 for a pack of three, claims to be a “baby-making” device that women insert into the vagina for after sex and take up to 12 hours.

The seller claims that it is a “proven” aid that works by sitting “at the cervix and helping” [semen] ekiru ‘.

Silicone Fertility Cup is also available, which instructs women to insert it after sex to “retain sperm for up to eight hours”.

It also states that sperm can be deposited directly into the cup before it is placed in the vagina.

The cheapest version of these products, labeled “sperm collector”, sells for just £ 1.74. No instructions for use of the product are available.

Some couples have reported their success after using the sperm-trapping cups, which are placed in the vagina after sex to prevent sperm from escaping.

Kate Bennison, 36, of Redcar in Yorkshire, became pregnant in December after failing to test a second baby for half a year after using a £ 49 “duplus sperm guide”, which works in a similar way to the devices sold on eBay.

Clare Ettinghausen, director of strategy and corporate affairs at the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, warned that such devices could cause damage and are unlikely to work.

She said: “There are many products available to patients that claim to improve their fertility, but many of these claims are unproven and, in some cases, could be detrimental to their health.

“Patients seeking fertility advice should talk to their doctor or clinic.”

And Dr James Hopkisson, medical director at TFP Fertility Group, told MailOnline: “We will never be able to regulate this kind of market and consumers need to be aware of the limited evidence base for these types of devices to improve fertility.”

EBay removed several listings after being alerted by MailOnline, but there were still several other similar devices alive at the time of writing.

An eBay spokesperson said: “We have strict policies in place to ensure that any medical product sold on eBay does not mislead or pose a risk to our community.

“We have removed some of these products and will work closely with stakeholders, including the MHRA, to confirm whether any others are violating our policies.”

Medical devices sold in the UK are subject to regulation and controls by the Medicines Watchdog, the Regulatory Agency for Medicines and Healthcare Products.

Any adverse events reported to vendors must then be returned to the MHRA.

“Unregulated devices may not have this overview,” Dr. Hopkisson said. This means that they may not be tested or safe to use.

He said fertility products inserted into the vagina could trigger toxic shock syndrome – a rare but life-threatening condition caused by bacteria entering the body and releasing harmful toxins.

The condition is often caused by tampons and barrier contraception – such as diaphragm – left for too long.

There is a “theoretical risk” that fertility products could trigger the same problem, especially if they break the skin when they are inserted, Dr. Hopkisson added.

Meanwhile, male fertility tests are also on sale on eBay for £ 7.95. The products claim to give an accurate sperm count within minutes.

Some pharmacies, including Boots and Superdrug, also sell versions of sperm tests.

But they warn customers to make an appointment with their doctor for further testing if the device shows a low result.

Award-winning Professor John Aitken, a reproductive biologist at the University of Newcastle in Australia, said people looking for home tests were part of a “general trend in medicine” of patients “trying to gain as much control as possible from their own health care.”

But he warned that all test results from tests sold online should be “carefully confirmed and discussed with healthcare professionals”.

Physicians can put the results into context and inform patients “what the results actually mean, in terms of their fertility potential,” added Professor Aitken.

Dr. Hopkisson warned that delays in conception should be alerted to a person’s physician because “risk factors” could contribute to problems getting pregnant.

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