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Before beginning your home insemination
What to know before beginning your home insemination
Artificial insemination is one of the least complex of the fertility treatments. For that reason, it’s often a first-line treatment for couples looking for some help trying to conceive. In fact, it can even be performed at home. But what should you do in order to prepare?
First, it is very important to time the at home insemination process correctly. Perhaps the best way to do this is to use a home ovulation kit. Home ovulation kits allow you to estimate when you are ovulating by measuring the levels of your luteinizing hormone (LH). When your LH level spikes, that indicates that ovulation is imminent, usually within 24 to 48 hours. It’s important to sync your at home insemination to your ovulation—it’s usually performed the day after your test has indicated an LH surge. This can give you the best window for a successful fertilization.
Once you have the timing down, you need to make sure you are prepped for the actual process. How you will place the sperm near your cervix depends on the tools given in your at home insemination kit. Make sure you read all of the directions carefully before beginning. This can make you feel less stressed and more relaxed when it’s time for the actual procedure.
There are several different ways the process can be done. The most common ways are with needleless syringes, cervical caps, or cervical caps with tubes. You may need a doctor’s prescription for a home insemination kit.
The needleless syringe is based off the concept of the “turkey baster” method. With this, sperm is drawn up into the syringe, inserted vaginally, and then deposited close to the cervix. Cervical caps involve depositing the sperm in the cap, and then inserting the cap vaginally, where it is placed over the cervix. A variation of this method is called a cervical cap with tube. With this, the cervical cap is inserted, and then the sperm is added after once it’s in place.
When you are preparing for your at home insemination, it’s also important that you take into account that the different methods require different steps afterwards. If you have deposited the sperm with a syringe, it’s recommended that you remain reclining for up to a half hour afterwards, with your hips slightly elevated, to give the sperm the best chance to fertilize. With a cervical cap, you can resume your regular activities after insertion, but you must remove it after about four to six hours.