For those not experiencing fertility issues, performing artificial insemination at home can be a reliable and affordable way to conceive a child. This method is especially safe and convenient during this time of social distancing because it can be done in your home and on your schedule without having to visit a clinic. In addition, at-home insemination is a preferred option for women looking to conceive using donor sperm since it’s much less expensive compared with a medical IUI insemination or in vitro fertilization (IVF).
We understand how crucial social distancing is at this time, but we still require a Clinic Release Form to be signed by a healthcare professional. This ensures that at-home insemination is medically safe for you. Reach out to your healthcare professional to inquire about virtual appointments, which allows you to get care while observing social distancing. For your convenience, an electronic Clinic Release Form is available on our website for you to send to your provider.
How Home Insemination Works
Artificial insemination involves placing sperm into a woman’s reproductive tract by means other than intercourse. It can be done safely at home by yourself or with your partner with a small amount of preparation. One of the biggest factors to consider is timing the insemination with your ovulation cycle so your attempt is during your peak fertility window. For this reason, we highly recommend tracking your ovulation cycle using a chart, fertility app, testing kit, or ovulation test strips. This can greatly increase your chances of conception. Patience is also a requirement. It commonly takes multiple ovulation cycles to conceive, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t happen the first time.
Benefits of At-Home Insemination
At-home insemination is an excellent option because it fits current social distancing guidelines. But that’s not the only benefit. It also gives you the comfort, privacy, and flexibility of performing the procedure at home rather than a clinic. It’s also the most convenient option. If you’re working with a sperm bank, you can schedule the delivery of your vials of donor sperm to arrive during your ovulation cycle, increasing your chance of conceiving. In addition, the procedure requires only basic supplies easy to find online or at a drug store. And when you work with Seattle Sperm Bank, we’ll provide a free basic at-home insemination kit with every home delivery.
To learn more about the process, see our comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about at-home insemination, with extra details about trying the procedure during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also watch the following videos:
- An interview with two of our clients in Washington state sharing their home insemination experience.
- An interview with a Seattle midwife answering questions about at-home insemination.
- A demonstration on ordering and using SSB sperm donor vials at home.
If you have others questions about the home insemination process, please contact SSB’s Client Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 588-1484.