Turkey Baster Conception: DIY Artificial Insemination

Posted by on Oct 14, 2018 in Ways And Methods To Get Pregnant |

Turkey Baster Conception: DIY Artificial Insemination

If you thought that was a joke-title, rest assured that it is not. The so-called “turkey baster method” is actually a commonly used method for at-home artificial insemination, although it is recommended to use a disposable syringe rather than an actual turkey baster. The underlying principle is the idea of delivering a donated semen sample to the cervical area of a woman who is trying to get pregnant, and different people have any number of reasons for using the method.

A heterosexual couple may have discovered that the male partner is sterile and choose to use donor sperm, a lesbian couple may wish to have a baby with donor sperm, or a single woman may wish to get pregnant with donor sperm. If they have the financial resources (or the right insurance), these folks might be able to go to a fertility clinic and have the artificial insemination handled in a medical laboratory setting. However, many people can’t afford that expense, and others prefer to stay away from what they perceive as the impersonal or intimidating atmosphere of medical facilities.

In any case, in cases where there is a fertile woman and a ready donor, the medical facilities are not needed in order to get the job done. In fact, the at-home method isn’t different in any of its essentials from what would happen on the examining table at the fertility clinic. The main difference is the relative sterility of the lab environment, and the tools available to the medical facility, and an at-home inseminator should make every effort to keep the process and tools as clean and sterile as possible.

The basic procedure is this: at a time of month when the prospective mother is most fertile, the sperm donor ejaculates into a sterile container, such as a packaged collection cup or a condom. You can probably get some collection cups from your doctor’s office, although a condom might have the advantage of being easier for purposes of the donor’s “collection,” and less of the sample might go to waste when collected in the condom. Alternatively, if you are working with a frozen sperm sample from a collection bank, heed the instructions for thawing the sample and then follow the remaining instructions.

With a fresh sample, the semen should be inserted as soon after collection as possible, and if there is necessarily a transport time between the ejaculation and the insemination, it should be kept as close to body temperature as possible. Use a sterile plastic syringe (no needle!) to “vacuum” up the semen sample from the collection container. If you want to make sure there is nothing left behind, you can add a sterile saline solution (like the kind you might use for contact lenses) to dilute the sample to make sure you have sucked up every last bit with your syringe.
Then you should find a comfortable position in which gravity will help do the work. An ideal position is lying on your back with a pillow beneath your hips to add a bit of an incline. You want to deposit the semen sample as close to the cervix as possible, so you may want to do a bit of investigative exploring ahead of time to identify your “target.” The cervix is at the top of the vaginal canal (toward the front, or pubic hair, rather than toward the back) and will probably feel like a protruding bulge. Deposit the semen sample as close to the cervix opening as possible, and keep lying down for a while after you do so. If you have used an ovulation kit to carry out this procedure on your most fertile day, you have a good chance of getting pregnant. It doesn’t always happen the first time, though, so stick with it if your first try disappoints you.