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At Home Insemination Methods
Home insemination methods
If you are considering artificial insemination, you first must decide whether you would like the procedure done in a fertility clinic or in your own home. Many people choose to do at home insemination since they can bypass an office and instead do the procedure in the privacy of their own home. Besides being more comfortable and relaxing, at home insemination is also cheaper.
Once you have decided to go with an at home insemination, you next need to consider how you would like the procedure done. First of all, it’s important to understand what artificial insemination entails. With artificial insemination, sperm is placed in your reproductive tract to boost the odds of fertilization. If you have artificial insemination done in a fertility clinic, you can get intrauterine insemination, where the sperm is paced directly in your uterus. But with at home insemination, the sperm is placed closer to your cervix. So the goal of at home insemination is to transfer the sperm close to your cervix.
There are several ways to place the sperm:
Turkey baster/needleless syringes
When you hear “at home artificial insemination,” chances are you think of the “turkey baster method.” Fortunately, you don’t need to use an actual turkey baster—a needless syringe takes the same concept, but makes it much easier and safer.
Start with clean hands. You will insert the syringe into a sperm sample—either a vial, if you’re using donor sperm, or a container if you’re using a fresh sample—and will draw the sperm into the syringe by pulling the plunger up. Arrange yourself in a comfortable reclining position, with your hips slightly elevated on pillows. Insert the syringe, directing it to the top of your cervix (located in the back of your vagina). Depress the plunger, releasing the sperm. Afterwards, remain reclining for about 30 minutes.
Cervical cap or cup
Some at home insemination kits use the cervical cap concept in order to transfer sperm to the cervix area. Your doctor can give you a prescription for a cervical cap.
With a cervical cap or cup, you can either have your partner ejaculate directly into it, or you can transfer it from another clean container using a medical needleless syringe. Once the sperm is inside the cap or cup, you will insert it into your vagina—it will fit over your cervix. There should be detailed instructions on the package of your cervical cap or cup. Insertion can be tricky, and you may want to practice beforehand to avoid spilling semen. Once it is in, you’ll keep it there for about four to six hours before removing.
Cervical cap with tube
You can get a cervical cap with a tube from your doctor to make the at home insemination process a little bit easier. In this situation, you will insert the cap first, and then once it is in, you will inject the sperm through a tube. This can be preferable to a regular cervical cap, since you don’t have to worry about spillage during insertion.