What Is a Home Insemination Kit?

What Is a Home Insemination Kit?

Today’s topic is something that you don’t hear much about, but it does happen more often than you might think. What are we talking about? Home insemination. Yes, that’s right! Read on for more info about this little talked about phenomenon. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is home insemination?

Well, exactly what it sounds like. Home insemination is sometimes called alternative insemination, and it is when sperm is gathered and manually inserted into a woman’s vagina or uterus in the hopes of a successful pregnancy result. It is technically legal, although there are sometimes legalities that can come as a result of the source of the sperm that is used.

What is home insemination?

You might be wondering who might choose to do home insemination when there are so many other viable assisted reproductive options available. The truth is that most of those methods are very costly and very time consuming, and that keeps them out of the reach of most of the general population.

There really aren’t any statistics on the topic, since it is something that is still pretty taboo and not really talked about very much. Some people say that mostly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples use home insemination, but without any statistics, there is no way to know for sure. Couples who are struggling with a male fertility issue or single women might also use this method.

How does it work?

People who are trying home insemination often get the sperm from a friend or other third party who is willing to help. Sometimes the sperm is obtained from a sperm bank, and sometimes, but not often, the sperm is obtained from a fertility clinic.

Many of the methods that we have heard about use the Instead Softcup Cervical Cap as a conception aid. The Softcup is usually used for period protection, but some couples have found that inserting it immediately after intercourse can “trap” the sperm in the vagina and increase the chances of conception.

Other methods involve ejaculating directly into the cup or ejaculating into another clean cup and then transferring the semen into the softcup, and then inserting it into the vagina. There is another method that is sometimes used, known as the infamous “turkey baster” method, where the semen is injected into the vagina with either, yes, a turkey baster, or a children’s oral medicine syringe.

Is it safe?

There is much concern over whether or not home insemination is safe. Some people argue that it is not safe and that alternative reproductive methods should only be done at a fertility clinic. Others argue that home insemination is just as safe and successful as a fertility clinic, and fertility clinics just want to get rich.

Of course, there is always a chance of std when sperm enters the vagina, so it is important that the sperm comes from a source that is trusted. Also, there can be a chance of infection, etc. if the utensils used for home insemination are not clean. Many experts suggest talking to a doctor about home insemination before taking the plunge into this very secret world.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
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.