A common question I encounter is, “How does one actually go about getting pregnant at home with a syringe?” Whether referred to as the turkey baster method, artificial insemination, or our preferred term, making a baby, the technique technically falls under intracervical insemination (ICI) or intravaginal insemination (IVI).
Let’s break down what you’ll need for this process:
A Healthy Sperm Specimen: Obtainable from your partner, a sperm bank, or a willing donor. Legal agreement on parental rights is crucial. Ensure the sperm’s health with a home test if any doubts persist.
Collection Cup: Size matters here. Opt for a cup with a wide opening for easy targeting but not too deep to ensure smooth absorption into the syringe. Ideally, dimensions between 1.5 to 3 inches wide and 1 to 2 inches deep work well.
Syringe: Size is crucial for the syringe as well. Around 5cc’s is the sweet spot. The insemination syringe is a suitable option, designed specifically for this purpose, with features like a slit opening to mimic nature, no barrel to trap the specimen, and a rounded end for comfort.
Now, let’s go through the process:
Preparing the Syringe:
· Before transferring the sample, remove air from the syringe by pulling the plunger up and pushing it fully back down.
Transferring the Sample:
· Dip the syringe’s end directly into the sample cup, ensuring contact with the specimen.
· Slowly pull up the plunger to transfer the specimen to the syringe. Ensure minimal air bubbles.
· Lie down comfortably, ideally with hips and legs slightly elevated.
· Insert the syringe into the vagina, similar to inserting a tampon, up to the handles.
· Fully push the plunger to release the sample.
· Gently remove the syringe and discard.
· Remain lying down for 15–30 minutes. Engage in activities like listening to music, reading, or napping.
That’s it! Inseminating at home is a straightforward process. For more details on any additional tips, explore our offerings at MakeAmom.com.