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How to Inseminate at Home

How to Inseminate at Home

If you are considering at home insemination, you may be confused about how to go about the process. Depending on which type of sperm you are using—samples from a sperm bank, for instance, or fresh samples from your own home—the process can be different. However, it is important to time the artificial insemination correctly with your ovulation no matter which type of sperm you are using.

At Home Insemination with Donor Sperm (from a sperm bank)
If you are using donor sperm, your sperm bank should provide you with a list of instructions on how you can inseminate at home. Generally, the process will go something like this:
Your sperm containers will likely be delivered to your house frozen, so the first thing you need to do is to thaw them safely. Using gloves, remove the vials and let thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes. When thawed, the sample will appear liquid. Before you inseminate, warm the vial slightly by holding in your hand, so it can match your body temperature.

Many sperm banks will provide you with tools for at-home insemination, likely needless syringes. Before removing the lid of the sample, shake the vial well, and place the tip of the syringe in. Then, draw the sperm into the syringe.
Recline in a comfortable position, with your hips elevated on pillows. With clean hands, locate your cervix in the back of your vagina (it should feel round and smooth). Then, insert the syringe, aiming it toward the top of the cervix, and press the plunger down. Remain reclining for about a half an hour after insemination.

At Home Insemination with Fresh Sperm
First, make sure to time your at-home insemination with your ovulation. You can use an at-home ovulation kit to predict when ovulation will occur.

The process for at-home insemination will vary based on what type of insemination kit you use. A common type of at home insemination is by cervical cap. Semen is collected into a cervical cap, which is then placed near the cervix of the woman. This allows the sperm to easily travel to the fallopian tubes, where fertilization occurs.

Allow the cervical cap to stay in place for four to six hours, which gives fertilization the greatest chance to occur. Then, remove the cap.
If you are using an at-home insemination kit, make sure to read the directions carefully before beginning, as each kit may be different.


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