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The goal of a CT company is to help people have children. Here's how it works

Connecticut resident Camille Sylvestre said she has always been an innovator and recognized the need to help people get pregnant.

So Sylvestre, the CEO, started a company called Ovarium with her friend and now COO Nichole Whitcomb, and the pregnancy aid product they developed is now available to order.

Ovarium is an over-the-counter fertility drug for women trying to conceive and is meant to be taken at home. The product is designed to keep sperm close to the cervix, the women said.

Sylvestre, the inventor of the Ovarium product, has also used it and said it helped her get pregnant at ages 37 and 39. She makes her living as a nurse specializing in fertility.

“In the United States, people are waiting longer and longer to get pregnant for a variety of reasons, and only 20 percent of women become pregnant after age 35. As a nurse, I wanted to increase the chances of getting pregnant, so I invented a pregnancy aid that catches sperm near the cervix. In the past, many women would put their legs up to keep the fluid in,” Sylvestre said.

Camille Sylvestre, CEO, founded a company called Ovarium with her friend and current COO Nichole Whitcomb and the pregnancy aid product they developed is now available to order.

Sylvestre said the Ovarium Conception product is a medical-grade silicone cup that is inserted into the vagina to hold sperm in the canal for up to 12 hours. The device is intended to be inserted immediately after intercourse while the woman is lying down. It is recommended that the product be left in the body for at least four hours. Sylvestre finalized the patent last year. Ovarium is washable and reusable.

According to the company's website, the product significantly increases the amount of time sperm stays near the cervix after intercourse, giving the sperm more time to reach and fertilize the egg. The company is located at 2 Pearson Way in Enfield.

The cups are soft, BPA-free, hormone-free and latex-free and, according to the company, are made of medical-grade silicone.

The cups come in two sizes and hold fluid without leaking, even during normal activities throughout the day. The product costs $199.99 and is available without a prescription or doctor's visit.

Sylvestre said she gave the product to 10 friends and family members over the past few years before the IPO and Ovarium worked 100 percent of the time.

“As an inventor, I try to find ways to make things and life easier,” Sylvestre said. “This is the easiest and most non-invasive way to get pregnant. I hope this fills the gap. There is a big gap in this regard.”

Sylvestre said she had a client who had previously used a sperm bank who was told to drive home with her legs on the dashboard. Another client used birth control for a while without success but then got pregnant with Ovarium after the first use, she said, among other success stories.

“This device is needed,” Sylvestre said. “I love making babies. If I could do it, I would have more of them. It's a true blessing to give others the chance to grow life.”

The Ovarium Conception product is manufactured by a company run by two women from Connecticut.
The Ovarium Conception product is manufactured by a company run by two women from Connecticut.

Sylvestre, a Suffield resident, is originally from Vermont and moved to Connecticut after studying at UConn. The 41-year-old has children Grace, 8, Gwen, 6, Brecken, 2, and Brooks, 1. The last two were conceived with the help of Ovarium, she said.

Whitcomb, 37, has lived in Connecticut since birth. She grew up in Harwinton and worked as a personal injury attorney after graduating from Western New England University. She now lives in Enfield.

“Camille is a genius for coming up with this,” Whitcomb said. “Everyone knows someone who has trouble getting pregnant. You're born with all your eggs, and every month we lose more, and by the time you're 40, you have a five percent chance of getting pregnant without help. This is an amazing product that will change many lives.”

Alexandra Bradley, 33, lives in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and is one of Ovarium's success stories. She is a nurse in the emergency room at Hartford Hospital.

“In 2019, my husband and I started trying for a baby. We got pregnant and miscarried at about seven or eight weeks. We had to wait a month before we could try again. After two or three months, we tried a few times,” Bradley said.

“I started working with Camille and she told me about this conception cup. She said, 'Why don't you try it?' I used it once and got pregnant.”

The couple now has a three-year-old son, Liam.

“It worked wonderfully. I used it once. Camille explained everything to me and there were no complications at all,” she said. “Having Liam means everything to me. I knew I was destined to be a mother. I'm a nurse and a caring person and I wanted a child of my own. The fact that it worked was a miracle for me and my husband.”

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