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How Much Sperm Do I Need to Order for Home Insemination

How Much Sperm Do I Need to Order for Home Insemination? Cryos Answers

When deciding to do a home insemination, you may have several questions. A frequently asked question is how much sperm you need to order for the procedure. In short, Cryos recommends purchasing 2 x ICI MOT10 straws. The reason this is the best option for you to purchase is because you need a ml containing at least 10 million to 19 million sperm to get pregnant at home, and this recommendation contains just that.

Cryos sells sperm straws per .5 ml rather than 1 whole ml. This is why buying 2 straws of ICI MOT10 is recommended because 2 straws will add up to equal 1 ml of sperm that will provide you with the minimum of at least 10 million sperm. Want to learn more about MOT? Our blog post titled What does MOT mean? will provide additional information on sperm motility.

If you decide to buy the recommended amount of 2 x ICI MOT10, it will provide higher chances for you to get pregnant, rather than buying 1 x ICI MOT10, which is equal to .5 ml that has a minimum of 5 million sperm. Buying a .5 ml straw is cheaper and can be bought for home insemination, but just remember the chances of you getting pregnant will be lower.

You may also buy 2 x ICI MOT20 straws if you are concerned about the amount of motile sperm you will receive, and if you think it may increase your chances of getting pregnant. If there are no ICI straws available of your favorite donor, there is nothing wrong with purchasing IUI straws. IUI simply means that the sperm is washed (also referred to as purified or prepared sperm) and ICI means that the sperm is unwashed (also referred to as raw sperm).

Either can be used for home insemination, but IUI is most often used for other fertility treatments that require washed sperm. Home insemination is a non-surgical procedure, so using unwashed sperm will be perfectly fine, and your body will end up washing it naturally anyways. Whichever you may choose, both ICI and IUI are suitable for home insemination.

If you’d like to learn more or have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact Cryos. We’re here to help!

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  1. Carolina Carpintier Hidalgo says:

    Que precio tiene y cuanto tarda. Gracias

    1. Roksan Aydelman says:

      Hola Carolina! Gracias por contactar Cryos International.
      Puede visitar nuestra pagina web donde encontrara nuestros donantes y sus perfiles. Los precios varian del donante y la motilidad que usted escoja. Podemos enviarle su orden vía FEDEX 2 días ó de entrega al día siguiente. Si tiene alguna otra pregunta no dude en contactarnos – (407) 203-1175

  2. Brenda says:

    How much they cost?

    1. Nicole Licourt says:

      Hi Brenda,
      There are various price points at which you can purchase donor sperm. For home insemination, we recommend purchasing 2 straws of ICI (or IUI) MOT 10. Our most commonly purchased straw type is from a non-anonymous extended donor that costs $470 per straw for a MOT10. We have sperm straws that start at $138 for MOT5 ICI for an anonymous donor with a basic profile, and straws going as high as $1,007 per IUI MOT50+ straw for an anonymous extended donor, so as you can see, the range is quite large. We recommend searching through our donors and finding your perfect one and looking at the types of straws they have and going from there.

  3. Ash says:

    So if I buy 2 MOT 10 straws for home use I inseminate with both straws at the same time? I read that you recommend inseminating once you get your LH surge then 12 hours late….so that would mean I need 4 straws total??

    1. Roksan says:

      Hi Ash! You would use 1 straw at a time, we recommend inseminating 12 hours apart for a better chance at catching your egg! Good luck 🙂

  4. Brandy bragg says:

    I can’t wait to do home insimination when should I order around the days before ovulation and can I just make the order by calling you and telling you which one I chose

    1. Roksan says:

      We recommend ordering ahead of time – you can order up to 30 days in advance without paying for storage. This gives you time to change your order if your ovulation date changes. If you order right before ovulation, you risk your shipment not arriving in time (especially if it’s around the holidays or a weekend). You can either order online, or call us: 407 203 1175 ext 1 and Client Services will help you place your order

  5. Anne says:

    Can you order 4 MOT-5 straws instead of 2 MOT-10 ones for home insemination? Would your chances of conceiving be the same?

    1. Cryos says:

      You could order 4 MOT5 straws instead of 2 MOT10 straws; if you use 2 straws at a time, your chances of conceiving would be the same. If you spread it out, your chances of conception are lower because there is less motile sperm per straw, but you may have a greater chance of getting your timing correct if you are concerned about that.

  6. Barbara says:

    Do you ship internationally and if yes how much would it be ?

    1. Roksan says:

      Hi Barbara, we do ship internationally. Please call our office at (+1) 407 203 1175 to check if we can ship to your country, what requirements there may be, and what the cost is for that specific country.

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