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What Is a Home Insemination Kit
What Is a Home Insemination Kit?
A home insemination kit is a tool that allows couples to perform artificial insemination in the privacy of their own home. In artificial insemination, a sperm sample from either the woman’s partner or a sperm donor is placed directly into a woman’s cervix or uterus in order to produce a pregnancy.
Home insemination kits vary as to what’s included, but most contain certain tools. Commonly, home insemination kits include a receptacle for the semen and an applicator in which the semen will be inserted into the woman’s vagina. Some kits may also include other tools related to the artificial insemination process, including ovulation tests or digital thermometers to track basal body temperature, which can be a predictor of ovulation.
Some home insemination kits may be used for either fresh, or raw, semen samples or those which have already been prepped at a fertility clinic or sperm bank. In these “washed” samples, the sperm has been separated from the seminal fluid. The resulting sample allows for a higher concentration of sperm inside the woman’s reproductive tract.
Many couples turn to artificial insemination if they are having difficulty trying to conceive. Artificial insemination is an effective procedure that can help infertile couples achieve a pregnancy, since it deposits sperm directly into a woman’s cervix or uterus, which make fertilization more likely.
There are a number of reasons why a couple may consider using artificial insemination. Commonly, there may be male-factor infertility at play, especially if the man has lower sperm counts or motility issues, which may make it difficult for the sperm to reach the goal location. It may also be used if there is female infertility, such as in a cervical disorder that can prevent natural conception. Finally, artificial insemination may be an option for couples with unexplained fertility, if it is used in combination with fertility drugs to stimulate the ovaries for egg production.
Artificial insemination may be used to treat those fertility issues, but what are the benefits to doing the procedure in your home? Many people may feel nervous or uncomfortable in a doctor’s office setting. By using a home insemination kit, you can bypass the clinical environment and instead undergo the procedure in you relaxed home atmosphere. There is more partner involvement with an at-home insemination kit, which can make the procedure feel less alienating. Plus, at-home artificial insemination kits generally sell for a fraction of the cost of an in-office intrauterine insemination (IUI) procedure—bringing your costs much lower.