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home insemination

Home Insemination: The Step-by-Step Process

Are you interested in home insemination as your path to starting a family? Great! Home insemination is one of the easiest and simplest procedures you can do. At Cryos International Sperm and Egg Bank, we want to make it even simpler for you by providing a step-by-step explanation of the process.

(Learn more about other infertility treatment options in this blog post here)

At the bottom of this post is a video detailing all the steps, if you are a more visual person.

5 Steps to Completing a Successful Home Insemination

1. Choose Your Sperm Donor: 

Visit our donor sperm search and browse our donor list which contains over 160 excellent choices. View our step-by-step Search Guide here – to help you navigate your donor options and select the perfect donor for you. We recommend buying 2 straws of MOT10 ICI or IUI-ready sperm. Learn about the difference here.

Our straws are 1/2 ml, so a MOT10 is guaranteed to have between 5 – 9.5 million motile (moving) sperm, and 2 straws are the recommended minimum amount for a home insemination. If you would like more information on sperm straws and how much to order click here.

We have the option of Non-ID Release (formerly anonymous) or ID Release (formerly non-anonymous) donors. ID Release donors can be contacted at 18 by your child, but we do not disclose donor information to you at any point. A Non-ID Release donor cannot be contacted in the future by your child, so take that into consideration when choosing a donor. One of the benefits of using an FDA approved sperm bank is that all of our donors have signed away paternity rights, so you have no legal issues to worry about in the future. Read more here.

We also have the option of Basic donors and Extended donors. Our Extended donor profiles are free to view and contain baby photos, family histories, handwritten letter, audio, and much more. Our Basic donors do not have baby photos and contain more minimal information about the donors – perfect for individuals who don’t want to know too much about the donor’s personality/appearance.

2. Select Your Shipping Method:

There are 2 shipping options available.

    1. 1) A regular nitrogen tank that lasts 7 days from shipping date.
      2) A large nitrogen tank that lasts 12 days from shipping date.

When selecting your shipping method, keep in mind your location and how many days shipping is going to take. These options will appear near the end of the check out process, after you select your donor and are ready for purchase. View ‘how to handle your nitrogen tank’ here.

When selecting a shipping date, it’s important to be able to accurately pinpoint when you ovulate to increase your chances of success. There are a number of ovulation tracking tools you can use such as menstrual cycle tracking calendars, apps, ovulation tests, and tracking your Basal Body Temperature, “BBT.” You will want to time your shipping date to ensure that your Home Insemination kit arrives before ovulation day. Your most fertile days will be the two days leading up to your ovulation and your ovulation day. The chances of pregnancy fall down to 0% after your ovulation day and rise again during your next ovulation cycle.

cryos ovulation chart - home insemination step by step process

3.  Receive Your Donor Sperm for Home insemination:

After you’ve purchased your selected donor, you will receive a tracking number. Use that number to track your shipment and make sure an individual who is over 18 is at the destination location to receive the shipment. Someone must be at the address you have shipped your donor sperm to, to sign for it. Check the content of the shipment and make sure it is undamaged. You will receive everything you need to complete a home insemination. This includes:

    1. 1) The shipping container that keeps the sperm frozen
      2) The sperm straw(s)
      3) A needle-less syringe
      4) An adapter that fits into our straws specifically
      5) An individually wrapped alcohol wipe
      6) A copy of your packing list and instructions

4. Thaw Your Straws: 

Remove your sperm straw from the nitrogen tank and thaw at room temperature for approximately 15-20 minutes. Do not put in warm water! Once thawed:

    1. 1) Fit the thick end of the adapter onto the syringe.
      2) Clean the straw using the alcohol pad
      3) Using scissors, cut the sealed end of the straw (a maximum distance of 0.5 cm/o.2″) opposite of the side with the ID-number/name
      4) Place the cut end of the straw into the thin end of the adapter

Keep the syringe upright and slowly draw the content of the straw into the syringe. This video will also explain how to handle the sperm straw(s):

5. Insert Syringe into Vagina:

Start by laying down comfortably, using a pillow to raise your hips. Take the syringe carefully and insert it as far into the vaginal canal as possible. Inject the sperm into your vagina to complete the home insemination. Then lay still in place for approximately 30 minutes. Below is a video explaining the entire home insemination process:

Have any questions we haven’t answered here? Give us a call at +1 (407) 203-1175 or email us at [email protected]. We are also available to answer questions on our live chat system during regular operating hours via our website.

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  1. Alexandra says:

    Thank you for a great post! 🙂

  2. Nikki Fricke says:

    Would getting a MOT10 straw for the day of ovulation the day before and the day before that, would that give you a better chance to get pregnant, rather than using 2 MOT10 straws on the day of ovulation.

    1. Cryos says:

      Hi Nikki, we recommend you use 1 straw 12 hours after a positive OPK (Ovulation Predictor Test) – and then the second straw, 12 hours after that. On average, women ovulate 36 hours after a positive OPK, although some women ovulate sooner which is why we recommend 12 hour intervals.

      1. Marie Ann says:

        Hello, it is my understanding that only 1 sterile wipe and 1 syringe are supplied. Would you be able to let me know how can you clean the second straw 12 hours later and should the syringe be cleaned between the 2 inseminations?

        1. Cryos says:

          Hi Marie Ann! You receive one sterile wipe and one syringe per straw, so if you ordered two straws, you will receive two sterile wipes and two syringes.

      2. Meg says:

        So if I am understanding correctly, if I test my ovulation at 7am and I am at my LH peak level, I should wait until 7pm (12 hours after) that same day to inject the first straw? Then 12 hours after that at 7am (the following day) I would inject the second straw?

        1. Nicole says:

          Yes, you are correct. 12 hours after your initial peak and then 12 hours after your first insemination.

  3. Vanessa says:

    I noticed that there is a larger selection for iui donor sperm than ici donor sperm. For in home
    insemenation, I read that ici is recommended for in-home use however can iui donor sperm possibly be inserted vaginally too ?

    1. Cryos says:

      Hi Vanessa – you can use either ICI or IUI ready sperm for home insemination. It is only clinics that need IUI ready sperm specifically.

  4. Ashley says:

    If I order 2 vials of sperm, will they come shipped in 1 nitrogen container? And if so, does the nitrogen container stay cold after I open it to take out the first vial?

    1. Cryos says:

      Hi Ashley – Yes both straws will come shipped in 1 nitrogen tank. The tank will remain cold after you take out the first straw – just don’t leave it open after opening, make sure to close it.

      1. Catie says:

        Do you leave that adapter on after pulling the sperm into the syringe or do you take it off for insemination

        1. Nicole says:

          The adaptor is used only for removing the sperm from straw into the syringe. Once transferred into the syringe, the adaptor must be removed prior to insemination. Do not leave the adaptor on the syringe.

  5. Zipporah John says:

    This is a very informative article.
    Highly appreciated.
    Mahalo ? (Thank you)

  6. Becca says:

    The video shows two cuts being made. Does that mean you cut the end on the vial (opposite of the label), place that cut end into the adapter/syringe then cut the opposite end (side with label) before drawing the sperm into the syringe? Or does only one end of the vial get cut?

    1. Cryos says:

      Hi Becca, yes you cut both ends. If you only cut one end and attach the syringe, you will create a vacuum effect when trying to extract the sperm, causing it to get stuck and spill if the syringe pops out. Make sure to only cut the other end after the adapter and syringe are properly attached to the first cut end, and not to have the straw facing downwards when cutting.

  7. gina says:

    thank you for a great post and great information on in home insemination. You have given me a chance to be the mother I want to be.:)

    1. Sara says:

      Gina, did you successfully get pregnant doing the at home insemination?

      1. Steph says:

        Hi will you supply paper work for my partner to be in the birth certificate, in case of pregnancy

        1. Nicole says:

          Hi Sara,

          We have what’s called an “Affidavit” that will have both parties’ names on it and that’s what you will need to start the process, but you will have to talk to a lawyer for the complete process.

  8. Tamara says:

    I’m really wanting this to work,

  9. Krystina Martins says:

    Good morning! Did at home insemination and the second vial I forgot to cut other end before pulling back syringe. Did I mess up the semen?

    1. Nicole says:

      Hi Krystina, no, it’s probably not “messed up,” however, you might not have gotten all of the sperm out.

    2. Brandy says:

      So the prices listed are for 1 “straw,” and you recommend 2 straws for home insemination?

      1. Nicole says:

        Hi Brandy,

        Yes, our prices are based on a single straw and we do recommend 2 straws for a home insemination.

  10. Alvina Perez says:

    Can I use the Mosie syringe with your straw?

    1. Nicole says:

      We recommend that you use the home insemination kit provided but it is completely up to you.

      1. Stephanie says:

        Can I ask why you recommend against the Mosie syringe?

        1. bethe says:

          Hi Stephanie,
          It really just adds another step where you could possibly have more sperm stuck to the edge of the cup or whatever you are using to get the sperm out of the straw and into the Mosie Syringe. We provide an adaptor and a syringe, so there really is no need to spend the extra money on purchasing a Mosie syringe. We try to make this as easy as possible for you and include everything you need to do a home insemination.

      2. Niki Roach says:

        Can I use 1 IUI and 1 ICI straw? And if so which would you recommend inserting first?

        1. niclic says:

          Hi Niki,
          Yes, you can use both straws, but it really does not make a difference. You could insert either one first.

  11. Sol says:

    I know 2 straws is recommended but has anybody gotten 1 and it worked?

    1. Nicole says:

      Yes, you are able to use one straw. It is completely up to you. we recommend that you talk to your doctor and see if just one would work for you. Keep in mind that every female body works differently, What works for one doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for another.

  12. DeLaudra Guerrero says:

    If im only getting one straw, when should i inseminate after first positive?

    1. Nicole says:

      Hi DeLaudra,

      It’s completely up to you. Since women’s bodies are different we recommend that you talk to your doctor or use an ovulation tracker.

  13. Lesia Wonsey says:

    I am searching for a sperm donor. I like the outdoors, going fishing, and going camping. I don’t have any children at all.

    1. Nicole says:

      Hi Lesia,

      You can search our sperm donors here and find one with hobbies and qualities you find similar to yours:

  14. Fran M. says:

    Hi! All the research I’ve done recommends the two-insemination procedure, but I was wondering if attempting more would increase the chances, especially if I’m known to have somewhat unpredictable ovulation which isn’t always completely accurate with the ovulation tests. Thanks!

    1. Nicole says:

      Yes, typically the more sperm you have the better chance you have at getting pregnant. For home insemination’s we recommend 2 ICI or IUI MOT10’s or higher if possible. Here is a helpful link to why we recommend 2 straws per cycle.

  15. Natalia says:

    I would like to know what would work better for home insemination ICI or IUI sperm?

    1. Nicole says:

      You can use either for home insemination. It will not make a difference; one does not work better than the other for home insemination as the count of motile sperm is guaranteed. ICI is unwashed, IUI is washed. Procedures at a clinic require washed sperm. That is the difference.

  16. erasto michael says:

    How can I get the insemination kit?

    1. Nicole says:

      The insemination kit comes with your tank when you purchase donor sperm and indicate at checkout that it is for a home insemination.

  17. Anad says:

    Hello, I am just wondering if you ship sperm directly to a home address or only to clinics?

    1. Nicole says:

      Hi Anad, Yes, we do ship directly to a home address.

  18. Gbeinbo Samuel says:

    How can d husband use is own sperm for d as the donor sperm

    1. Nicole says:

      Hi Bbeinbo, Please reach out to our Client Services Department to discuss the option of using your husband’s sperm. We only offer donor sperm and egg services from our own donors. You can call 407-203-1175.

  19. amanda alvarez says:

    Is it better to inject a mot10 at two intervals or a mot20 just once? At what hour mark would the mot20 be inserted?

    1. niclic says:

      Hi Amanda, a good place to get some more info on this is our ovulation blog post. You can read when it’s recommended to inseminate.
      For more detailed information about your question, we suggest you speak directly to one of our knowledgable Client Service Representatives who can better assist you. Please call 407-203-1175. 🙂

  20. Deanna says:

    Are all, the donors tested for STIs before taking samples and disorders that can be passed through generations?

  21. Earl Fondriest says:

    This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something which helped me. Thanks!

    1. niclic says:

      Hi Earl, that’s great to hear! Happy we can help. 🙂

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