It is hard to miss all the controversy over the articles of sperm donation in the news this past week. If you happened to miss it, you can view the article here:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/09/06/inseminating-country/

The article questions the regulation standards of sperm donation. Regardless of what you think of this controversy, it had us thinking about what women/couples/partners do with the sperm sample when they have received it for insemination from the sperm bank.

The artificial insemination techniques one can do with sperm donation are:

  •  Intracervical Insemination (ICI)
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
  • Intrauterine Tuboperitoneal Insemination
  • Intratubal Insemination

*ICI is one of the more common procedures. The sperm is placed directly into the woman’s cervix, taking a high concentration of the sperm and placing it directly into it. This procedure is more popular due to it being non-invasive, considerably less expensive than other options and considered painless.

Alternative methods that can be done at home include:

The Turkey Baster Technique– using a turkey baster to deposit the semen just outside of the cervix. The woman will lie on her back trying to get an optimal position to maintain a pool of the semen on the cervix. The

 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.

Both of the above methods require the female to lie reclined and/or inactive for a period of time in hopes to keep the sperm close to the cervix.

What other at-home alternative methods have you tried?

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