How To Prepare For At-Home Insemination Before Placing Your Vial Order
At-home insemination is a method of assisted reproduction that allows couples to conceive without medical intervention. It involves using donor sperm to inseminate the female partner at home. You can use any of our vial options for at-home insemination. However, our premium IUI and ICI vials are recommended over all other options, which you can learn more about by clicking here.
One of the main benefits of at-home insemination is the privacy and convenience it offers. Couples can avoid the stress and expense of fertility clinics and have more control over the process. Whether you are purchasing donor sperm for at-home insemination or to have a procedure performed at your fertility clinic, our Clinic Release Form must be signed and submitted to us before you can complete your online purchase.
First Steps in Preparing for At-Home Insemination
Health & Wellness Check
Before placing your vial order with Cryobank America, ensuring both partners are in good health and have undergone necessary medical check-ups and testing is essential. This assurance includes checking for any underlying medical conditions affecting fertility and testing for sexually transmitted infections. It is also advisable to consult with a healthcare professional to ensure that at-home insemination is a safe and appropriate option for you.
Timing is Everything: Effectively Tracking Your Ovulation Before Scheduling Your Vial Delivery
Understanding ovulation and fertility is crucial for maximizing the chances of conception through at-home insemination. You must plan your vial delivery just before your fertility window.
Several methods are available for tracking ovulation, including tracking basal body temperature, monitoring cervical mucus, using ovulation predictor kits, or tracking changes in the cervix. Each method has advantages and considerations, so trying different ways to find the one that works best for you may be helpful.
Timing insemination correctly is crucial for increasing the chances of conception. That's why we don't consider ovulation-tracking mobile apps to be a reliable method. These mobile applications can only provide a vague approximate fertility window. Use ovulation testing kits designed to track ovulation precisely and provide detailed instructions. Typically, these kits will include testing strips that monitor the presence and concentration of luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine, which appears about 12 – 36 hours before ovulation. Insemination should occur within a day or two before ovulation or on the day of ovulation itself. Perfectly timing insemination ensures that the sperm is present in the reproductive tract when the egg is released, increasing the chances of fertilization.
I Ordered Donor Sperm, and My Vials Are Out for Delivery. What's Next?
Once you've purchased your vials from Cryobank America and our team has coordinated an excellent delivery time based on your schedule, you will receive a USPS tracking code. Your tracking code will tell you the exact date and approximate delivery time.
Once your delivery arrives, you'll receive your vials along with our at-home insemination kit. Our kit includes a pre-charged dry shipper containing your purchased vials, complete documentation, and a sterile syringe.
Our dry shippers are pre-charged in our laboratory to remain active during shipping. They transport biological specimens safely and hold cryogenic temperatures of -150°C or colder. Our dry shippers are manufactured with compounds that absorb liquid nitrogen, ensuring there won't be any spills during shipping. Each dry shipper ships inside a protective container to provide an additional layer of protection.
Your At-Home Insemination Kit
Your delivery will also include four valuable pieces of documentation consisting of the following:
- A package summary. Your summary will list what you ordered, including the vial type, quantity, and total cost for your purchase. It will also include an analysis of your vial's motility and sperm count.
- Infectious Disease Report. This information includes your selected donor's most recent lab testing and infectious/non-infectious disease reports.
- Complete instructions. This paperwork will guide you on handling your dry shipper, thawing your specimen, and performing insertion.
- Package return slip. We will also provide a return slip for your dry shipper.
Lastly, you will receive a ready-for-use sterile syringe. Remember, you have seven days from the shipment date to complete the insertion. If shipping your vials and accompanying equipment takes two days, you will have five days to perform at-home insemination.
Tips for Successful At-Home Insemination
Creating a comfortable and safe environment is very important during insemination. Make sure your space is clean and free from distractions. It may be helpful to create a relaxing atmosphere by playing soothing music or using aromatherapy.
Experts recommend lying flat or with your hips elevated for 25-30 minutes following gentle insertion. You can inseminate once if you're confident in your fertility window calculation. If unsure, consider inseminating twice.
Climaxing through clitoral stimulation can also increase your chances of conception. When a woman climaxes, her cervix becomes more receptive to sperm.
Refrain from strenuous exercise for a few days following insemination and continue to eat healthy. Eliminate processed foods with a high list of ingredients and stick to whole foods as long as possible. Avoid foods that are hard to digest, such as red meats, greasy foods, and refined sugar. Drinking alcohol or using tobacco products isn't recommended during your insemination, as they harm egg quality and fertility.
How We Can Help You Through Your Journey
Our assistance doesn't stop at shipping your vials! If you have any questions before, during, or after you've initiated your insemination, don't hesitate to pick up the phone. We've helped many individuals and couples who have embarked on this journey already, and we look forward to applying our expertise and genuine care to help make everything as easy and stress-free as possible.