Throughout his career as an OB/GYN in Northern Kentucky, Ronald J. Thompson, M.D. sought to improve his patients’ lives through innovative medical care. His relentless investigations led to more than 50 patents and patent applications in the area of women’s health. These ranged from devices that make women’s post-surgical lives more comfortable, to those that improved female sexual function to innovative treatments for female infertility. Dr. Thompson’s fertility-related patents include fallopian tube and method of in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, a device for retrieval of eggs, embryo transfer arrangement, intrauterine delivery arrangement and a “direct vision” in-vitro fertilization procedure.
In the early 2000s, after Viagra was approved for men, Thompson’s female patients began lining up to ask for a female version, something to help improve their sexual functioning. Thompson’s solution wasn’t a pill, but a topical gel that had a similar effect on blood flow to the genitals.
As Isaac Asimov once said, true scientific breakthroughs are not preceded by the phrase, “Eureka!” but rather by the observation, “Hmm, that’s funny…” ToConceive is a perfect example of what he meant.
First, some of Thompson’s perimenopausal patients—those in the years leading up to menopause, when the decline in fertility resembles a cliff—began getting pregnant. They weren’t even trying; they were simply using the gel to improve their experience of sex. But to their surprise (and his), babies were the end result.
Then, Thompson noticed that some of his most perplexing infertility patients, those who couldn’t get pregnant through IVF or IUI, began using the product to improve their sexual experience…and became pregnant.
That’s funny, indeed.
Thompson conducted some research into why this might be happening. In reading research related to Robert Edwards’ 2010 Nobel Prize in Medicine for IVF, Thompson realized that natural vaginal lubrication contains albumin, our bodies’ most plentiful protein, which strips the cholesterol layer off sperm; that, in turn, allows the sperm to survive long enough to fertilize an egg. The scientific phrase for this is “sperm capacitation.”
In IVF and IUI (and even in sperm banks), this stage is replicated in a centrifuge, using bovine serum albumin (protein derived from cows), and it’s called “sperm washing.” What most of us don’t know is that a woman’s body does this naturally—if she produces enough vaginal lubrication. Without sufficient natural lubrication, a woman can’t get pregnant, because she’s not producing enough albumin to activate the sperm.
Used daily, ToConceive helps vaginal tissue rejuvenate and enhances blood flow to the genitals, both of which lead to increased natural lubrication. With increased lubrication comes abundant albumin to help sperm do its job.
After helping many of my infertility patients become parents, I’m grateful for the opportunity to help thousands more fulfill their dreams of parenthood. I’ve seen the light that comes into couples’ eyes the moment they realize they’re pregnant, and it warms my heart to know that others will experience the same hope and joy.”
– Dr. Ron Thompson