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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.

      1. Casey says:

        Do you buy the home insemination kit? I dont see where you purchase it on the website.

        1. Cryos says:

          Cryos ships everything you need for home insemination with your order of sperm straws, so you do not need to purchase a separate home insemination kit!

  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 🙂

      1. Tara says:

        So we would only use .5ml when we inseminate then 12 hours later use .5ml again?

        1. Nicole says:

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

  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.

      1. Bianca Daley says:

        Hey can you just use one MOT20? What would be my chances?

        1. Nicole says:

          Hi Bianca,

          Everyone’s body is different so we can’t tell you what the “ chances” of it working is, but we recommend that you talk to your doctor to make sure what straw and how many you should be using.

  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.

  7. Phyllis S says:

    What is the cost for the amount of sperm needed to home fertilization? Should I buy extra? I’m assuming that all seman is tested for potency and STD’s.

    1. Nicole says:

      You will find the list of prices under the donor’s profile. Prices will vary depending on the donor, the type of specimen and the motility. Prices can range from $300-$1000 per specimen. Plus shipping. For home insemination’s we recommend 2 ICI or IUI MOT10’s or higher if possible. All donors are tested and screened. When looking at the donor’s profile under where it says “summary of records” or SOR, that’s where you will find everything that donor has been tested for.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  8. Grace parra says:

    HOLA VIVO EN CALIFORNIA ,QUIERO SABER LOS PRECIOS Y METODOS DE ENVIO POR FAVOR

    1. Nicole says:

      Hola,

      Los precios variarán según el donante, el tipo de muestra y la motilidad. Los precios pueden variar de $ 300 a $ 1000 por muestra. Más envío.

      Costo de envío:

      (7 días tanque de nitrógeno)

      2 días Estándar -M-W $ 215

      Durante la noche estándar- $ 240

      Prioridad durante la noche (entrega antes de las 10:30 a.m. disponible en la mayoría de las áreas) – $ 255

      Entrega el sábado – $ 280

      (12 días tanque de nitrógeno grande)

      2 días Estándar -M-W $ 265

      Noche estándar – $ 290

      Prioridad durante la noche (entrega antes de las 10:30 a.m. disponible en la mayoría de las áreas) – $ 305

      Entrega del sábado – $ 330

      Cargo por pedido tardío agregar $ 100

      Haga su pedido con hasta un mes de anticipación o al menos 2 días antes del día de envío deseado para evitar el cargo por pedido tarde.

  9. Natalie says:

    Where can I buy the straws for at home insemination

    1. Nicole says:

      Hi Natalie,

      You can order donor sperm straws for your home insemination on our website: https://usa.cryosinternational.com/donor-search?ismale=true
      When you order for home insemination with Cryos, we will send you a home insemination kit and the straws will be sent in a nitrogen tank directly to your home.

  10. A dixon says:

    Do I need Dr order befor I can place my order

    1. Nicole says:

      Nothing is needed from a doctor prior to ordering unless shipping to a home address in the state of New York. Then, a Realease Authorization form would be needed prior to shipping.

  11. NickMister says:

    What if I miss my peak, how long can it be stored and is it safe to store it inside my freezer until I’m ready?

    1. Nicole says:

      If ovulation is missed there are a few options depending on the situation but storing in your freezer is not an option. You cannot store sperm in the freezer. The tank can be shipped back for storage here if needed. Return shipping is included with shipping costs. Once the returned tank is received we will be in contact for storage. Storage fees are $50 a month and you may store for as long as needed. You can always give us a call at 407-203-1175 if needed. 🙂

  12. Julia says:

    Can we order empty straws? We have our own donor?

    1. Nicole says:

      No, that is not possible. We also do not do directed donors or known donor services. We only offer donor sperm from the profiles available on our website.

  13. Kaila says:

    Why don’t they just call it mot5 then if mot10 comes in 5ml and only has 5 million sperm? I thought when I paid for 10mot I was getting at least 10million sperm. It seems like there is way less of a chance with the amounts you sell…..

    1. Nicole says:

      MOT means millions of motile sperm per ml, since our straws are .5ml, in a MOT10 we guarantee between 5 – 9.5 million motile sperm; in a MOT20 we guarantee between 10 and 15 million motile sperm after thawing. MOT5 is 2.5 to 5million so that is not the same as MOT10.

  14. Basil says:

    Hi can you please give me clarity about artificial insemination how much of sperm is needed price

    1. Nicole says:

      For home inseminations, we recommend 2 ICI (unwashed) or IUI (washed) MOT10 straws or higher. You will find the list of prices on the donor’s profile. Prices will vary depending on the donor, the type of specimen and the motility. Prices can range from $300-$1000 per specimen. Plus shipping. Shipping starts at $220.

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