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At Home Insemination or IUI Which is Best for You
What is the difference between at home insemination and IUI?
Artificial insemination is a procedure in which sperm is placed near the cervix or directly in the uterus in order to make fertilization easier. Where the sperm is deposited will depend on which kind of artificial insemination you choose to have.
You can either have artificial insemination performed in a doctor’s office, or you can do it yourself at home. So what is the difference between the two?
Artificial Insemination at the Fertility Clinic
When you have artificial insemination done at a fertility clinic, you will generally have intrauterine insemination, or IUI. Before IUI occurs, your fertility doctor will monitor your menstrual cycle and use an ovulation kit to detect when you are ovulating. You may also be prescribed fertility drugs to take to increase the number of eggs you release. At the time of ovulation, the man will produce his semen sample, which will be used for the process. Before the sperm is placed into your uterus, it must first be “washed”. Sperm “washing” is a process that prepares it for IUI—unwashed sperm can cause painful uterine cramping. After the sperm is placed into the uterus, you will lie quietly for about a half an hour.
Artificial Insemination at Home
When you perform artificial insemination at home, you will be placing the sperm near your cervix rather than in your uterus. You can perform the process with an at home insemination kit.
At home insemination kits vary depending on how they deposit the sperm. Some use needleless syringes, while others use cervical caps, or cervical caps with tubes. With a cervical cap, the sperm is deposited into the cap, and then inserted vaginally. You’ll keep the cap in for about four to six hours to give the sperm ample time for fertilization.
Like IUI, it’s very important to time the procedure correctly based on your menstrual cycle. Some at home insemination kits may contain ovulation predictor kits, but even if they don’t, it’s very important that you are tracking your ovulation. You should time your at home insemination with your ovulation.
With at home insemination, you can use either fresh sperm or frozen sperm, such as from a sperm bank. Sperm can be either washed or unwashed, since it is not being placed into the uterus.