Does a Turkey Baster Really Work?

on Jan 08, 2014

by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN

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Does a Turkey Baster Really Work?

It’s the infamous turkey baster method, long whispered about as a way to help women get pregnant at home with just a simple kitchen tool, but does it really work?

It’s the infamous turkey baster method, long whispered about as a way to help women get pregnant at home with just a simple kitchen tool, but does it really work? Is it safe? And should you try it yourself? Let’s find out! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What in the world?

You might be wondering what in the world we are talking about. The turkey baster method is one of the oldest known forms of home insemination. There really aren’t many statistics on home insemination, since it’s often frowned upon by medical professionals, and it’s something that people don’t really talk about much. However, there are many forums and online message boards that indicate that many women are still practicing this alternative method to help them get pregnant.

How is it done?

Alternative Insemination using the “turkey baster” method is pretty self-explanatory, but we will explain it anyway. To use this method, sperm will need to be collected in either a cup, a baggie, or a condom. A turkey baster, needleless syringe, or children’s oral medication dispenser will need to be used. The rest is really pretty simple. You withdraw the semen from the cup or baggie, making sure there is no air in the syringe, and then the sperm is slowly injected into the vagina, as close to the cervix as possible.

Does it work?

Many women say that this method has helped them to get pregnant. Rumor has it that having an orgasm after inserting the semen will cause the sperm to be “sucked up” into the cervix, making for a better chance of getting pregnant. There is also better chances of success if the alternative insemination takes place close to ovulation. The day of the LH surge and the day after are ideal. The success rates for using this method are probably pretty close to the success rates of using good old fashioned intercourse.

Who does this?

There are apparently quite a few people out there who use this method to try to get pregnant. Most of these people are single mothers, or gay/lesbian/bisexual couples who want to have a child. Couples who suffer from some form of male infertility may also find this method helpful. Many people opt for methods like this because they are cheap, and you don’t need any special supplies. It is also a method that is done in the comfort of your own home, and many people like that. It is always a good idea to check with your doctor or health care professional before trying any alternative insemination methods however.

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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.

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  • Kathleen willoughby

    What is the rate of success using turkey baster?

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  • BABYFEVER

    Yes, this method does work! I actually didn’t use the turkey baster..I went to my nearest cvs and bought a 5ml syringe and collected the sperm with a clean deoderant cap..I am currently 11 weeks pregnant. Don’t get stressed out if it doesn’t work the 1st try…I it worked for us after trying the 3rd time around. Just relax..stress can be a cause for conception not to work..know when you are ovulating.. I collected a pretty good amount of sperm taking my time.. (please disregard any comments of the sperms dying once it hits air…I actually took my time) and after inserting the sperm I laid with a pillow underneath me for about 15-20 minutes…a few weeks later..positive pregnancy test and I thank God every day for a smooth healthy pregnancy’

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  • Marisha Thompson

    Does turkey baster work on women who have PCOS?

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  • DB

    My daughter and her new hubby were TTC and there was issues with him being able to relax enough to ejaculate, so she ended up using this method after they had been trying for 6 months with no success otherwise. She used a needleless syringe and did this twice around ovulation and now she is 6 weeks and 4 days pregnant and due July 31, 2016. So it does work!! One proud grandma here!

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  • DB

    congrats!! My daughter also succeeded in conceiving this way as well in the same way you did. She is due July 31,2016 and is 6 weeks 4 days now.

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  • WT

    My doctor said the rate of success would be comparable to intercourse. For those out there who want to try, just wanted to say it worked for us on the first attempt, using donor sperm. Here were some key things:

    -To pinpoint the right time of month I used a fertility app plus Wondfo ovulation test strips. Getting the timing right is essential. The app will give your general ovulation pattern and approximate date, and the strips advise you that it will occur in the next 12-48 hours. You’ll want to be doing the insemination in that 12-48 hour window and in the days prior, because sperm can live up to five days. (I recommend using the Wondfo tests twice per day. At first I started with once and would have missed the positive test – in the morning it said negative, the following morning it was faded, but in between it was a clear positive.)

    -For materials, we got a few needleless syringes at the vet because they are larger than what you get at a drug store, more like a penis and can reach your cervix (5-6 inches). The donor ejaculated directly into the syringe – semen won’t leak out due to the way syringes are designed.

    -For the insemination, try to get aroused so the insertion is easier, or you can use a sperm-safe lubricant like Pre Seed – regular lube inhibits sperm. I propped up my hips with pillows (if you use your muscles getting into that position after insemination the semen can be pushed out). We used the sperm within a few minutes of ejaculation, again to simulate intercourse. We slowly injected the sperm, though I later read that ejaculation is fast to help launch sperm so they have a better chance of reaching the egg. You could try different speeds on different days. We did one attempt per day over three days leading up to ovulation, and I stayed propped up for 15-30 minutes.

    -To withdraw the syringe, definitely do that extremely slowly or it will create a vacuum and suck out the semen – also try to gently push the side of your vagina away from the syringe so it’s less of a vacuum. I did not have an orgasm or leave the syringe in as a plug.

    Hope those intimate details help other couples out there!! I never post but wanted to share this. We are so thrilled that this method works and hope it helps you too.

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  • Amy

    Kathleen, Is there anyway you would be willing to add me on Facebook or something of the sorts. I would be really interested in speaking with you. My Wife and I are trying to conceive 🙂

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  • Amy

    Amy Rose Wroten

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  • Ttcbaby1

    Hi, have you tried and gotten pregnant? I have pcos too, in my second month of trying this way.

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  • Ttcbaby1

    Hi, have you and your wife had any success yet?

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