And we are not talking about the turkey baster you use on your Thanksgiving Day turkey. The turkey baster method for conception is the term given to a natural, at-home insemination method that woman have been attempting for years. It is always recommended to speak with your doctor before trying anything yourself. There are numberous websites online outlining step-by-step how to do an at-home insemination, but again it is best to check with your doctor for receiving instructions.
The preferred turkey baster method uses needle-less syringes, tubes similar to a catheter tube and sperm sample. The sperm can be from your partner (fresh sperm) or a through a sperm donation organization. Fresh donor sperm from an unknown donor is still considered very risky since it is easier to transmit STD’s with this type of sample. A frozen sperm donation from a clinic is a more common route for many. The sample will come frozen, please contact the clinic for instructions on thawing.
The items needed: needle-less syringe, cap/cup or condom, saline-if you prefer (without additives), some women to also attach catheter-like tubes to the end of the syringe.
The basics: get all the air out of the syringe by doing an initial drawback on the syringe and push out all the air. Place the end into the sperm sample and drawback again, try to tap out any air bubbles afterwards. Lie back comfortably in a reclining position and insert the syringe into the vaginal tract. Attempt to get the syringe as close the cervix as possible (some recommend gently locating the cervix with your finger beforehand). Deploy the syringe and remain lying back comfortably. While it is hard to get the exact success rates, they are considered to be similar to those of natural intercourse.
Another at-home insemination method that can be used while trying to conceive:
Cervical Caps– The cervical cap is loaded with sperm and placed inside on the cervix. The cap should remain close to the cervix for several hours.
At-home insemination methods have seemed to grow in popularity over the past decade with the constantly changing healtcare system, fewer states and insurance companies cover ART methods. Have you tried an at-home insemination method that worked? We would love to hear from you, firstname.lastname@example.org.