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Home Insemination - Everything you need to know

With over three decades of expertise, Cryos is dedicated to assisting couples and single women achieve their desire to become parents. Home insemination is the simplest and most straightforward fertility treatment that can be undertaken without medical assistance. With donor sperm, the process is easy and straightforward. What is home insemination? Home insemination is a straightforward, convenient process that can be carried out in the comfort of one's own home. The donor sperm straws you select are sent to you in a nitrogen tank container which also comprises an insemination kit with a needle-less syringe, an adaptor and a guide containing an easy-to-follow step-by-step procedure. Home insemination offers an excellent chance of pregnancy for women who don't suffer from any fertility issues. Before embarking on this journey, it is essential to have a consultation with a doctor to maximize your odds of success. If a woman has any known fertility problems, we suggest seeking treatment at a hospital or clinic to increase chances of conception. How do I know if home insemination is right for me?

If you are starting a fertility journey and have yet to experience any fertility difficulties, at-home insemination may be an option. Before you begin, we strongly advise seeing a medical professional to determine if this procedure is right for you. How to perform home insemination

When you get the donor sperm, a home insemination kit containing comprehensive instructions is included. For guidance on how to use the kit, have a look at the step-by-step video. Home insemination can be done easily in the privacy of your own home, either alone or with your partner's help. Video: Step-by-step home insemination


Jump to 0:56 to watch a tutorial on how to manage sperm straws. Should you have any queries, Cryos Customer Care Consultants are available to help. Click here to see a video explaining how to handle donor sperm straws for home insemination. Do I need a Release Authorization or signed paperwork? A Release Authorization form must be completed and signed by a physician, nurse, or midwife if you are shipping for home insemination to the state of New York. No other paperwork is necessary in this situation. It is imperative that the Release Authorization form is correctly filled out for successful home insemination in the state of New York. Which sperm donors can be ordered for home insemination?

You can select a sperm donor from Cryos list and place an order. If the donor's sperm straws are not ICI-ready, IUI-ready straws can be used for home insemination with no difference in the success rate.

Click here to learn about the differences between ICI-ready and IUI-ready sperm.

What type of sperm is recommended and how much should I purchase? It has been suggested that two ICI or IUI MOT10 straws be purchased for home insemination. ICI-ready sperm is usually the preferred type for self-insemination, yet IUI-ready sperm is usually used in clinical insemination. Both are, however, suitable for insemination at home. If you would like to gain more insight into the amount of sperm you should buy for home insemination, please click the link for Cryos blog post on the topic. Selecting a higher MOT can be a matter of personal preference. MOT5 straws are created with reduced motility sperm and are primarily used for IVF purposes, as they are less effective for home insemination. Therefore, they are not generally recommended for home insemination. How do I purchase sperm for insemination?

Cryos website makes it easy for you to purchase sperm for at-home insemination. All you have to do is identify the donor of your choice, sign up for an account, and place your order prior to your next ovulation window. We recommend discussing the process with your doctor prior to ordering, in order to give yourself the best chance of success. If you want to learn more about the cost of home insemination compared to other fertility treatments, we recommend you follow the link to Cryos blog post on the subject. What is MOT?

MOT is an acronym for 'motility' and stands for the amount of motile (moving) sperm cells per milliliter. For instance, if a MOT10 is indicated, this means that there are at least 10 million motile sperm cells present in every milliliter. Cryos sells straws in 0.5 ml packages, so with each Cryos 0.5ml MOT10 straw, you are guaranteed to have a minimum of 5 million motile sperm. Further explanation about sperm quality and motility (MOT) can be found here.

Want to know more about home insemination?

Exploring home insemination is an intriguing journey that we have documented in various blog posts. Learn more about the process of artificial insemination using donor sperm and all its components. Discover the many nuances of this popular approach to conceiving a child. You can find some of the blog post's on home insemination here:

Frequently asked questions Is home insemination with donor sperm safe? Inseminating at home with donor sperm is completely secure. If you have obtained the donor sperm and you are going to ovulate, you can proceed with the insemination in the convenience of your own residence. Everything you need can be found in the comfort of your own home and you can go ahead with the insemination process with complete assurance. What are the success rates for home insemination?

The success rate for women undergoing home insemination to become pregnant could be different from one individual to the next; this is because numerous factors such as health, fertility, BMI, age, and luck play a role. Nevertheless, IUI treatment is generally associated with a success rate of around 18%, and it is often stated that home insemination is slightly less effective than IUI. Can I order sperm for home insemination internationally?

If you would like to order sperm for home insemination outside of the United States, please contact Cryos Customer Care Team by email or phone to learn more about your options.

What is the cost of home insemination?

The cost of your chosen Sperm Donor Profile, type of MOT and delivery location will all be taken into consideration when calculating the total. For instance, if you opt for the two straws of ICI MOT 10 (which is the recommended amount), this should amount to approximately $1,200, inclusive of the shipping.

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