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#1 la di dah

Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:36 PM

Hi everyone. I posted in the general TTC board before but was suggested people here might know more. Cross-posting with a couple boards because I wasn't sure where it goes best.

I'm thinking of TTC via home insemination.

Nothing crazy, not anything involving tubing cervixes or anything especially high-tech or scary to contemplate at home. MacGuyver I am not. I don't think I AM a fertility specialist.

That is why I wasn't sure if it went here?

Just thinking of loading it into a needleless syringe and putting it where it needs to be and squeezing it in. Am I on the right board?

I have a lot of issues with anything being up my vagina but a 10 mm syringe is quite small so I'm hoping it could at least be an option. Getting it in deep enough is the problem I can forsee. I know you can't just spritz it at the entrance, despite what I believed in sixth grade!

Any experiences/warnings/suggestions/whole stories even would be gratefully received.

If I am on the wrong board, I'm sorry. It's non-BDing so I wasn't sure. I've probably posted on at least one wrong board by now. sad.gif

#2 Mumma2furrykids

Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:49 PM

I just replied to your other thread. LOL!

I've had success using donor sperm, a specimen cup, a needle-less syringe and some PreSeed lubricant. (Unfortunately that pregnancy resulted in an ectopic).

Our donor is great and is happy to pop over whenever I need him. I don't use tampons, but the syringe is quite small and skinny so no problems there. I throw some pillows under my hips and keep them elevated for 30min. It's important to orgasm so the cervix dips into the pool of semen and sucks it up.  

Happy to answer any other questions you may have original.gif

Good luck!!



#3 la di dah

Posted 22 November 2012 - 01:54 PM

Thank you brookstar. Yes, I'm kind of all over the place, sorry for the multiple threads. wacko.gif

#4 Mumma2furrykids

Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:33 PM

PM me if you have any questions - I'm always happy to talk to someone thinking about this method.
(I sure could have used a friendly mate when I started down this path)



#5 Cuddlesnkisses

Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:57 PM

Ive just spent 9 months doing Home insemination.  resulted in 3 pregnancies and unfortunately all MC.

Most important, besides having your donor tested is charting your temperatures and using ovulation predictor kits. You can buy Ovulation POAS in bulk on ebay cheaply.
Timing is everything and you want to do transfers leading up to ovulation no after.

I used a specimen cup.  The quicker you can trasfer it to you the better.  Sperm life outside is limited and I would suggest youre pushing it if its close to an hour.

I also used preseed and softcups.  The suftcups are a menstrual cup that sits inside under your cervix.  i used them because it meant I could leave it in there and give the swimmers the best chance possible.  

its actually really easy to do, once you get past the first one which can be a little daunting.

Happy to answer any questions original.gif

#6 la di dah

Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:02 PM

How often did you do it, leading up to ovulation? I hear everything from just once perfectly timed, or everyday?

I am not sure I can use a menstrual cup but that's a good idea.

#7 Cuddlesnkisses

Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:03 PM

My cycle is always really regular, ovulate day 13.  So I would catch up with my donor day 11,12 and 13. Depending on when he was available, sometimes we left a day between.  Never more then 5 days earlier and I never bothered with day after.


#8 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:38 PM

I don't belong here, but LDD do you think your DH Could insert the syringe for you? I can't use tampons or even insert a finger into myself, certainly can't use sex toys or any other thing up there. I had to have an internal ultrasound the other day and the technician asked me if I wanted to insert it and I was like no way.

I think at home insemination would be the same amount if attempts as if you were having sex anyway,  so most importantly the days leading up to and including ovulation.

#9 la di dah

Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:46 PM

We might do that but honestly I can be much colder with myself than he is with me and he tends to say "...and I don't want to do this anymore..." as soon as I start to look uncomfortable or something, so I may do it myself.

I may send him out of the room once it's loaded, I'm not sure. laughing2.gif

#10 Mumma2furrykids

Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:12 PM

hahaha .... My DH isn't allowed in the room when I'm inseminating.

Forgot to add: I ovulate around CD18/19, so I ask our donor to pop over on CD16, CD17, CD18, CD19. Just like Cuddlesnkisses, we sometimes leave a day in-between if donor is busy.



#11 Mumma2furrykids

Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:25 PM

Just wanted to add, I just got a BFP yesterday!!

Donor sperm
Home insemination - using specimen cup, PreSeed and needleless syringe .... and lots of orgasm's.

This method does work!!



#12 Chill-Pill

Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:26 PM

Apologies if you have already done this but it could be worth seeing a gyno or reproductive endocrinologist to see if the vaginal problems you are experiencing could be impacting on your fertility? If it is a problem that requires hormonal treatment or even surgery then getting it done before pregnancy could be important. If you see someone private you could get an appointment fairly quickly, in Vic there are a few specialists that will arrange an appointment within a week of referral.

I am not entirely sure but I am guessing you do have a male partner so you are not using a donor but using this as an alternative or in addition to BDing? If needed I am fairly sure that a fertility specialist would be happy to arrange some fertility treatment like IUI because you have a known medical issue that is impacting on your ability to conceive (so the waiting 12 months thing is not essential like it is for subfertility or unexplained infertility).

If you do go ahead with insemination then you can use a smaller syringe if it is easier. I have used 3 ml, 5 ml and 10ml before and then re-filled if needed. I only used home insemination a few times when ttc along with BD but then we found out that we had fertility problems so we moved on to IUI and then IVF/ICSI and then an egg donor cycle.

Edited by Chill-Pill, 28 November 2012 - 09:30 PM.


#13 la di dah

Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:33 PM

QUOTE (brookstar @ 28/11/2012, 01:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just wanted to add, I just got a BFP yesterday!!

Donor sperm
Home insemination - using specimen cup, PreSeed and needleless syringe .... and lots of orgasm's.

This method does work!!

ddance.gif Awesome! Congrats! Love reading it.

QUOTE (Chill-Pill @ 28/11/2012, 10:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Apologies if you have already done this but it could be worth seeing a gyno or reproductive endocrinologist to see if the vaginal problems you are experiencing could be impacting on your fertility? It is a problem that requires hormonal treatment or even surgery then getting it done before pregnancy could be important. I am fairly sure that a fertility specialist would be happy to arrange some treatment because you have a known medical issue that is impacting on your ability to conceive (so the waiting 12 months thing is not essential like it is for subfertility or unexplained infertility). If you see someone private you could get an appointment fairly quickly, in Vic there are a few specialists that will arrange an appointment within a week of referral.


I have a referral but they don't want to see me until January. Te referral was for a particular doctor in the practice and they said I would have to go back to the GP and get a different referral to see anyone else? I wasn't quite sure how that worked, I had thought referrals were more general than that and you could pick your own specialist.

I know that, logically, Jan. ain't that far away so I'm thinking of waiting but I still like researching/asking questions so I know after that. I'm not sure about doing stuff in the meantime. I mean I'd really love to be pregnant but you raise a fair point. I just stopped AF yesterday so I haven't had to really decide until now.

#14 Chill-Pill

Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:11 PM

I have asked for a general referral before and the GP has been happy to just write the name of the group of dr's (in my case Melbourne IVF at the Royal Womens Hospital) and then later when I decided to change to Freemasons I just called and asked for the referral to be changed to the specific specialist. So you may be able to ring your GP, once you have decided on the specialist you would like to see and just ask for a new referral to be faxed through. It is so frustrating to wait when you want to get pregnant ASAP!

#15 la di dah

Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:31 PM

QUOTE (Chill-Pill @ 29/11/2012, 12:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have asked for a general referral before and the GP has been happy to just write the name of the group of dr's (in my case Melbourne IVF at the Royal Womens Hospital) and then later when I decided to change to Freemasons I just called and asked for the referral to be changed to the specific specialist. So you may be able to ring your GP, once you have decided on the specialist you would like to see and just ask for a new referral to be faxed through. It is so frustrating to wait when you want to get pregnant ASAP!


Can you do that? I'm still learning how it all works. I didn't ask to see a particular doctor, the GP chose her. She said oh I'll write you a referral to [blah blah] who is [across the the street].

Honestly I don't know that I need a particular specialist I just want someone whose seen more vaginas than I have to look up it and tell me if its got a physical issue that's manifested physically (and might affect a baby) or if I am technically okay and its okay to get pregnant any ol' way I can stand and to carry a fetus with the same odds as any generic woman.

#16 Chill-Pill

Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:44 PM

Yep you can ask to be referred to any specialist you prefer, although sometimes a good GP will know who they think is the best and will refer to someone decent. Or it could just be the first person that she thought of. You can ring and make an appointment with the specialist first and then arrange the referral, as long as the GP's referral date is before the date you see the specialist you will receive some medicare rebate. I would just call and say that the specialist she referred you to is not available and ask for another to be written up and specify who you would like to see. I hope you get the all clear!


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