We understand Your Experience
If you’re here looking for help trying to conceive, the Mosie story probably sounds familiar. It began with a frustrated couple who just wanted to start a family...
After two and a half years of trying, Maureen and Marc Brown came away with the idea that there should be a solution for home insemination when traditional methods aren't living up to the hype or aren’t an option — a safe, comfortable and affordable alternative to try before attempting more invasive and costly procedures.
Here’s their story — and the Mosie story — in their own words.
Like many couples, our plan was to get married and enjoy life for a year or two, then start a family. After a couple of years, we stopped birth control and began formally trying to have a baby, which we figured might take a few months.
After six months with no luck, we began charting ovulation and timing intercourse to ensure we were maximizing every opportunity. Often certain we’d timed it correctly, we’d become more hopeful each month — only to be disappointed two weeks later. As the months passed, pressure mounted.
Our inability to conceive affected every facet of our lives. It inevitably came up during holidays, happy hours and family gatherings. While exciting to talk about at first, after several months it became awkward and stressful. At the same time, we were hyper-aware of the growing list of friends who were announcing pregnancies and new arrivals on social media. It seemed like everyone was getting pregnant — except us!
After a year of disappointment piled upon disappointment, it was time to get serious. Unfortunately, in the fertility world, that usually means spending money. We started small: Marc took an over-the-counter fertility test (nailed it), and started taking pills that claimed to boost male fertility.
For Maureen, taking the next step was much more intrusive, exhausting and emotional. She was subjected to blood tests, thyroid tests, physical exams, pelvic exams, ultrasounds and fertility drugs. Not to mention trying acupuncture, detoxing, basal body temperature charting and daily monitoring of her cervix.
Finally, after two and a half years of trying, we decided to visit a fertility doctor. The process involved repeating many of the tests we’d already taken, plus new blood-work. The doctor could find nothing wrong with us. Based on the results, our doctor thought we’d be good candidates for intrauterine insemination (IUI), which places sperm directly into the uterus. That’s the first time we considered that our problem could be as simple as sperm not making it to the uterus.
We mentioned this to a friend, who said she knew several people that had used a common syringe (also known as the “turkey baster method”) to become pregnant. We’d never really considered this, but maybe that was our problem. Marc was nearly 43 at this point — maybe his sperm weren’t even getting to the cervical opening, let alone the uterus. With a month before our IUI appointment, we decided to try the syringe method to hopefully beat the doctor to the punch, avoid an invasive procedure, and save some money in the process.
And so we delved into the exciting world of syringes. We ordered a series of them from Amazon. The first was way too big in diameter. The second was too short. The third seemed an okay middle ground, but was still larger than Maureen was comfortable with. And even worse, there were abrasive edges that were going to have to be handled very delicately. Plus, none of the syringes were good at dealing with small quantities of liquid, so the precious cargo was easily lost in transit. It was obvious that traditional syringes weren’t made for for the female body.
It dawned on us that there must be special syringes made specifically for conception: something about the same size as a tampon, with a comfortable diameter and no harsh edges. We were shocked to find out nothing like that existed. Maureen sketched a quick design for a syringe on a notepad, adding the measurements she knew would make it both effective and comfortable. We thought we might be onto something, and some research into the home fertility market confirmed it.
After many rounds of revisions, tests, consultations with fertility experts and prototypes, we’re proud to make the patent-pending Mosie syringe available to you. It’s the first syringe on the market designed specifically as an alternative to intercourse — a comfortable, approachable and affordable solution for home insemination.
And yes, Mosie works! After two and a half years of trying and many expenses with our first child, we became pregnant with our second child after a single cycle with Mosie! The first "Mosie Baby" is a healthy baby boy born in August of 2016.
Full disclosure: We were fortunate enough to have our daughter June from our first attempt at IUI with Dr. Lisa Hansard (Mosie was just an idea this time). The good news as mentioned above is that our second child Francis or "Frank"was born in this past August thanks to Mosie. The joy of these experiences has only escalated our passion to meet this clinical need in home fertility (go Mosie!).