How to Use Donor Sperm for Home Insemination
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What is at-home artificial insemination with donor sperm?
Home insemination is an opportunity to attempt to achieve pregnancy in the comfort of one’s home through an intracervical insemination (ICI). The sperm sample is drawn into a needleless syringe, the syringe is inserted into the vagina, and the sperm is expelled onto the cervix. You can use either the ICI or Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) prepped samples for the home ICI.
Is Home Insemination Right for You?
Artificial home insemination using Fairfax Cryobank donor sperm is a great option for those free of fertility issues who want to begin their journey to parenthood in the comfort of their own home.
Often when couples begin the journey to pregnancy they are told to “try at home” for a period, then explore options with a healthcare provider. At-home insemination with sperm is a way for those without a sperm-providing partner to “try at home” before moving to an in-office procedure with a medical professional.
We do recommend that you discuss your fertility and desire to do at-home insemination with a medical professional who can best discuss the process with you. In some cases, you will need a provider to sign a consent form that acknowledges that in-home insemination is a suitable option for you.
Home inseminations can also be an affordable option because you can purchase the less expensive Intracervical Insemination (ICI) prep type and will not incur additional in-office fees.
Home inseminations are not right for everyone, but if this is a path you would like to try, please discuss it with your medical provider then contact Fairfax Cryobank for your donor sperm needs.
Below we included some FAQs about Insemination at Home using donor sperm. Although Fairfax Cryobank’s customer service team is well-equipped to help you with any questions you have about home insemination, we encourage you to consult your doctor to create a personalized insemination plan.
Home Insemination FAQs
Do I need to work with a doctor to do home insemination with donor sperm?
Fairfax Cryobank recommends that you do consult with a medical provider who can advise you as you begin this journey. You may choose to work with a physician, your gynecologist, or a midwife, whatever choice feels right for you. Before investing in the home insemination process, it is best to ensure that you are healthy and ready for pregnancy. Your provider will assess your overall health and lifestyle, be able to make recommendations to prime your body for pregnancy and may recommend some initial fertility testing depending on your age and medical history.
Starting this journey with a medical provider’s assessment and advice is the best way to ensure that you are making informed and healthy choices.
What are the success rates?
For individuals with no fertility concerns, home insemination success rates are approximately 10-15% per cycle, which is similar to fertilization rates through intercourse. It can take several inseminations attempts to achieve pregnancy. If you are not pregnant after several home insemination attempts, it is best to speak with your medical provider about having a fertility assessment.
How does at-home insemination with donor sperm work?
On the day of your ovulation, you will thaw the frozen sperm sample, following the thaw instructions that accompany the shipment of your donor sperm vial. While the sperm is thawing, you will get everything ready.
Make sure you have a comfortable space where you feel safe and secure. Put yourself into a positive and relaxed frame of mind and prepare the needleless syringe and a towel or cloth to have on hand if needed. Once the sperm is thawed the person being inseminated will lay down on their back, raising their hips. You can position a cushion beneath your hips for comfort.
You or a partner will carefully open the sperm vial and draw the sample up into the syringe, insert the syringe into the vagina placing the tip close to the cervix without making contact with the cervix (bumping or scratching the cervix can cause cramping). Gently expel the sperm sample by pushing the plunger, slowly. Remove the syringe and relax. We recommend that you remain laying comfortably for one to two hours, gently switching from your back to your abdomen every 20 minutes to give the sperm the time to swim through the cervix.
Should I inseminate more than once?
You may choose to do multiple inseminations during your “fertile window” in one cycle. This is an individual choice.
When can I do a home insemination?
Timing is important. The person to be inseminated will track their menstrual cycle and ovulation.
This can be done with a commercially available ovulation kit which will indicate your fertility window. There is typically a window during which you are most fertile when the ovary is releasing the mature oocyte (egg). This is typically a 12 to 24-hour window and is most often between days 10 and 15 of the menstrual cycle. There is variability so it is best to use a kit to identify this. Your medical provider will be able to answer questions about this and may recommend that you track your cycle for several months before starting home inseminations.
What do I need for home insemination?
First, consult with your medical provider to ensure that this option is appropriate for you. Once you have identified your donor and have decided to move forward, we recommend that you identify and create a comfortable and soothing environment for your at-home insemination. It is best to reduce stress and increase comfort when trying to achieve pregnancy. Once you settle on the space, all that is needed is the individual being inseminated, the sperm, and a syringe. Fairfax Cryobank will provide instructions for the thaw and insemination when you purchase and ship the donor sperm and we will include a syringe that you can choose to use for this purpose if you would like.
Choosing a donor is an important step in the process. Click here for more information on how to pick the perfect donor for your at-home insemination. You can also contact our talented customer service team for more advice on picking your donor. If you have the means, it is best to purchase several vials to ensure you have enough donor sperm for the number of inseminations you will need to achieve pregnancy. By purchasing several vials, you are putting you and your future family in the best position to create a family.
Learn more about our storage options here.
What is needed to order sperm for home insemination?
Once you have chosen your sperm donor, you can plan to use 1 ICI or IUI preparation vial/insemination, home consent, etc. Please call or chat to speak directly with a Client Service Specialist for additional information, so that we can further assist you with a residential delivery.
Home Insemination (Artificial insemination) versus IUI
Home insemination refers to the process of inserting ejaculate into the vagina, close to the cervix, using a needleless syringe. This is commonly known as intracervical insemination (ICI). On the other hand, intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves a speculum and the placement of sperm directly into the uterine cavity instead of the vaginal canal.
How to Order Donor Sperm for Home Insemination
What does artificial insemination cost?
The cost will include the cost of the sperm and the shipping/handling fees. Fairfax Cryobank will provide you with a syringe at no cost.
Home Delivery: What’s Needed?
Please call or chat to speak with a Client Service Specialist and we will work with you to ship your donor semen to your residence for your procedure.
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