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) 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.
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) 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) 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.