Home insemination has been used for many years in various shapes and forms. From very basic equipment to the latest home insemination kits, there are several techniques used by couples all over the world.
Artificial insemination is a relatively straightforward type of fertility treatment where sperm is injected directly into the womb. It is therefore perfectly suited to home use as long as certain hygiene issues are adhered to.
Artificial insemination at home is perfectly acceptable for AIH treatment i.e. where the sperm used belongs to the male partner. Using donor sperm can be more problematic both in terms of the legalities and the health issues involved. Ideally, donor insemination should always be carried out at a specialist fertility clinic.
The main benefits of artificial insemination at home are cost and convenience. Each cycle of IUI at a fertility clinic will cost in the region of £500 to £1,000. At home, it will cost next to nothing. Travelling to a fertility clinic can be both time consuming and stressful. Performing treatment in the comfort of your own home couldn't be more relaxing or, indeed, intimate.
Success rates of home insemination are extremely difficult to measure. Even if couples did keep an accurate record of their attempts at artificial insemination, there is nobody to collate all the data. It's probably fair to say, that success rates will be somewhat lower than insemination carried out in a clinic. Without the expertise of fertility specialists, some home insemination attempts may be flawed from the outset. However, many couples have successfully conceived their baby at home. And of course the more times you try, the better chance you have.
In terms of safety, IUI at home can be just as safe as insemination at a clinic. However, careful attention needs to be paid to the sterilization of the utensils, as well as the source of the sperm if a donor is used. Donor sperm will be stringently tested by fertility clinics for disease or abnormalities. You won't have the benefit of this testing at home.
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