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Home Insemination Success Rates

Home Insemination Success Rates

Looking at traditional intercourse, an average, healthy young couple has about a 20 to 37 percent chance of successfully conceiving within the first three months of trying. The probability of success after one year is about 80 percent, which grows to 90 percent after two years of trying to conceive. But how likely is it that your home insemination kit will result in pregnancy?

Unfortunately, there are no national statistics out there that estimate the success rates of at home insemination, partly because there are so many different variables that can come into play. For instance, is the sperm “washed” or raw? Is the home insemination preceded by fertility drugs to stimulate ovulation? What technique does the home insemination kit use to place the sperm?

A 2001 Israeli review looked at success rates for over 6,000 cycles using artificial insemination with donor sperm. Over 5,000 cycles used cervical cap insemination, a technique that places the semen near the passage between the vaginal cavity and the uterus so the sperm can enter the fallopian tubes for fertilization. This technique has been popular for artificial insemination for decades, and can be found in some at-home insemination kits. According to this study, success rates for artificial insemination by cervical cap were about 13 percent per cycle.

So how can you boost your chances of success when using at home insemination? First, it’s important to time the insemination correctly. One way to keep informed about your fertility is to use at-home ovulation predictor kits. Ovulation kits can help determine when you are ovulating by measuring your luteinizing hormone—when these levels spike, ovulation is generally 24 to 48 hours away. Once you can estimate when you are ovulating, you can time your at home insemination more accurately.

It’s also important to consider that at-home insemination is not a cure-all—in many cases, the first cycle or two will be unsuccessful (as with trying to conceive with normal intercourse). Just remember that it may take several cycles of at-home insemination before you achieve a pregnancy. If you do not become pregnant within 12 months, you may need to see a reproductive endocrinologist, or a fertility doctor. If you are over the age of 35, you should make an appointment with a fertility doctor after six months of trying to conceive unsuccessfully.

Comments (2)

I would really like to hear about the possibility of at home intrauterine insemination using washed frozen sperm from a bank. Can the sperm be thawed at room temperature or is there a process to the thawing and preparation before the insemination? Please let me know as I have had 3 failed attempts and have been told by a fertility specialist that at home iui is not possible for this reason. If this is the case I'd like to know why sperm banks send washed sperm (which is more expensive) to private homes. Thanks

Dani - It is difficult to accurately track at home insemination success rates. However, it is known within the fertility community / industry that at home insemination isn't a very successful procedure. In order to increase your chances of conceiving through IUI it is best to undergo treatment at a clinic with a fertility specialist so that you can be monitored. Some couples like to try at home insemination so that it can be more of a shared intimate experience. Since there are no proven ways to track at home insemination that doesn't mean that people can't purchase sperm and try it. Since you've experienced three failed at home inseminations I highly recommend that you undergo your next IUI at a fertility clinic under the care of a Reproductive Endocrinologist to increase your chances of achieving pregnancy and to save you money in the long run.

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