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Turkey Baster Does it really work
Turkey baster – does it really work?
When you think of at-home artificial insemination, chances are the first thing that pops into your mind is the “turkey baster method.” The turkey baster method actually refers to simple, at-home insemination that involves collecting the sperm and then inserting it into the vagina—that’s where the turkey baster imagery comes in.
The turkey baster method refers to the simple idea of at-home insemination—transferring sperm as close as possible to the area of fertilization—but the reality is, there are safer and more effective tools out there for it. There are a number of at-home insemination kits out there that seek to do the same thing as the turkey baster method, but with less hassle and more efficacy.
One of the tools out there for at-home inseminations is a simple syringe. If you purchase sperm through a sperm bank, but want to inseminate at home, chances are good that they will provide you with needleless syringes to complete the process. You use the syringe in much the same way as implied by the turkey baster, though it’s certainly less unwieldy. You’ll draw the semen into the syringe, and then insert the syringe into your vagina, where you will deposit the sperm. Then, you’ll recline for about a half hour with your hips elevated.
When using these needleless syringes for at-home insemination, it’s important to keep a few safety precautions in mind. If the sperm is obtained from a source other than a credible sperm bank, it’s unlikely the sperm has been analyzed or the donor tested for disease. Plus, it’s unlikely that the sperm has been washed, which can cause irritation in the uterus. Finally, since you are not in a sterile environment like in a fertility clinic, take special care to keep everything clean and avoid contamination. Be careful not to injure yourself during insertion, and if you have any questions, be sure to consult with a doctor beforehand.
Like with any other artificial insemination process, the timing of the “turkey baster method” (now using the needless syringes, of course) is crucial. Use at at-home ovulation kit to monitor your luteinizing hormone levels. When your LH levels spike, that means that ovulation will occur within 24 to 48 hours. You want to time your at-home insemination to your predicted ovulation, as this will give you the greatest possibility of fertilization occurring.