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a blog by Genna Banafato, June 13, 2013
Regardless of the reasons you have for doing IVF or IUI, one thing will always be the same. At some point your partner will need to have a semen analysis prior to cycling. Your partner will have to "provide his sample" into that little plastic cup and somehow that cup has to get to the RE's office. At our clinic, there was a little room that men could use right on site (more about that later). Our RE also allowed men to do this at home, provided the sample could then get to the clinic within 30 minutes.
According to my husband, that "room" at our clinic was nothing more than a coat closet with a stool and some, um, visual encouragement. He used to say that when he HAD to go in there, he didn't want to touch ANYTHING. So, when the home option was presented to us, he took it and signed us right up for The Great Sperm Race. And since he always had to go to work first thing in the morning and my schedule was more flexible, guess who got to run it?
The Starting Line
I'd be waiting downstairs while he took care of business.
The Baton Hand-off
This is where it gets tricky. The Cup (yes, capitalized) is now my responsibility to get to the clinic as fast as my noble steed could carry me. (In my case, the noble steed was a 10 year old Hyundai.) The catch? It has to stay at body temperature - so I can't just throw it in a paper bag and call it a day. Hmmm. How to keep the cup at body temperature while driving down the highway at the posted speed limit (I'm so sure)…
The Finish Line
Arriving at the clinic, I will have to meet with the nurse and sign that I'm dropping off The Cup. No matter how many times I've done this, I still appreciate the chuckles I get when I take The Cup out from in between The Boobs and hand it over.