If you want to try AI at home, it is a popular practice. It is certainly a more affordable method. Do-it-yourself AI can be accomplished in a few easy steps.
If you are using your partner's sperm, you need to time the collection with your cycle. The fertile period for insemination is 14 to 18 days before your next period is due. Your chances of success will be higher if you inseminate 2 to 5 times during this fertile period.
You can use sperm from your partner or from a sperm bank. If it is from a sperm bank, it will be frozen, most likely with dry ice. Remember to wear gloves to handle the vial as it is too cold to hold in your hands. Allow the vial to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to become liquid before using. You may want to bring it room temperature after thawing by warming it under your arm or between your hands. If using frozen sperm, shake the thawed vial before using.
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Once the sperm has been collected or thawed and is liquid, draw it into the syringe. (Do not clean the syringe or rinse it as that may affect or damage the sperm). Lie on your back with you knees bent, feet close to your hips and a pillow under your hips to tilt your pelvis upward. The next steps can be accomplished by you or a partner. Using a clean finger locate your cervix. It is far back in the vagina and is soft with a depression in the center. Deposit the semen onto the cervix with the syringe and wait about 15 minutes before moving (some sources advise waiting half an hour). (You may wish to cover the pillow with a towel as seminal fluid will leak out). If your partner finds it difficult to locate your cervix, a plastic speculum can help. Insert the speculum into the vagina and then click it open. The cervix can then be seen with a flashlight.
Alternately, some women like to use a cervical cap. This small device has a depression for holding the semen. To insert it, squat down, legs apart, and carefully push it up toward the cervix. Suction will hold it in place. You may leave it there several hours if you wish. To release it, use the tip of a fingernail to release the suction and it will come out easily.
If you inseminate during your fertile period for six months with no pregnancy, you should consult a fertility doctor.