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Should you consider using a home insemination kit

Who are at home insemination kits for?

If you or your partner have been struggling with infertility, you may wonder if using a home insemination kit is right for your particular situation. Artificial insemination can be a helpful, effective procedure for people with a number of different fertility issues.

At home insemination is often thought of as a tool to combat male infertility—actually, partner insemination was originally developed as a treatment for male-factor infertility. The goal of artificial insemination is to increase the concentration of sperm near the area of fertilization, which makes it more likely that fertilization will occur. Artificial insemination can be beneficial for men who have disorders with sperm density, such as low sperm counts, or issues with sperm motility or morphology, since this could make it difficult for the sperm to travel to the site of fertilization in natural intercourse. It may also be an option for men who have difficulty ejaculating during sex with their partner.

Artificial insemination may also be used in certain types of female infertility. Women with cervical factor infertility may also benefit from artificial insemination, since this procedure can bypass the cervical issues that may make fertilization difficult. These include women with abnormal cervical mucus, or unreceptive cervical mucus, which makes the mucus around the cervix inhospitable to sperm’s travel. It can also be used for women who have abnormal vaginal pH. If used in conjunction with ovarian stimulation—fertility drugs that stimulate the release of eggs—artificial insemination may also be used in women with unexplained infertility.

While home insemination may be an option for people struggling with infertility problems, it’s also important to note that it also can be used for those using donor sperm. If you purchased your sperm from a sperm bank, you may have the option of completing the artificial insemination process either in a fertility clinic—through a procedure called intrauterine insemination for “washed” donor sperm—or in the privacy of your own home. At home artificial inseminations can be performed with donor sperm that is either “washed” or “raw.” “Washed” samples have all seminal fluid removed and contain a high concentration of vigorous sperm.

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