At home self insemination - how long will sperm live?
Hi, my partner and I are TTC our 2nd babe. The problem is, we currently live separately (he lives in at work and I live with our baby and my parents). We have no time at all for sex (we managed it once on day 9 last month and I'm not pregnant, unsurprisingly) as he lives with lots of people and we can only consider having sex once our baby is in bed, and if we were staying with him baby Roo would be asleep in OHs bedroom, the only place we could have sex. Sometimes OH stays with his mother, but she's there so we can only have sex when she's away. And at my house its also impossible as Roo is still in my room (we co-sleep) so when he's in bed we can't go and DTD there either. We have a holiday coming up but I'll be on CD 16 on the day we arrive so I can't see us conceiving that month either.
Anyway, I'm rambling, I've decided to try At Home Artificial Insemination, that way OH can give me a sample and I can go and do it in the bathroom (there goes the fun bit
My question was, how long will OHs sperm sample last until I can get it inside? Will he have to produce it when he gets to me or could he do it at home? Can I preserve it by putting it in an incubator of some sort? (If so what?) What's the best receptacle to put it in? I'm really new to all ths and to be honest I'm a bit clueless.
Also, should I use a syringe to put it in and then put my legs up or should I try a mooncup/instead cups?
Sorry -- didn't want to read and run! I do not have an answer for you, but I would be very interested in the answer as I've considered trying this myself.
I do know that the sperm live longest/do best when they are surrounded by nutritive/very fertile CM, which is why it's so important for us ladies to make sure our CM is good. So, if I were trying to preserve a sperm sample, I'd probably throw in some Preseed or Conceive Plus (or something like that), that way there is something for the little spermies to subsist on and might help simulate what really goes on inside of us...which would hopefully make them survive as long as possible before you inseminated.
This is all complete theory from HalfThyme (so it could be complete crap lol), I haven't ready this anywhere and I haven't done a lot of research on at home insemination....but I wanted to share my thoughts based on what little info I do have. Good luck!!
My research suggested sperm *may* live outside the body for up to two hours, but limiting it to less than one hour is preferable. For longer, like when shipping, you need a special chemical thing to mix it with - not sure how you get hold of this and don't think it's cheap.
I use an oral syringe, but I've read of women having success by using softcups.
The sperm is best preserved in a narrow container (=less surface area). It should be clean and def dry - water kills sperm - but sterile is not necessary.
but I heard latex is partly toxic to sperm, well with a lot of unwanted pregnancies from broken condom, I think it's not entirely deadly, but for our case -- anxiously TTC, we surely want to give each sperm a better chance.
I've heard directly into softcup, then into vagina, is best, because less exposure to air and less loss - ie, from collection cup to syringe to vagina.
I've done it both ways, both have their pros and cons -
Syringe method means I *know* the sperm is reaching the cervix.. and, when I take the softcup out later (after inserting it after the sperm has been syringed in) there is less "leftovers." Whereas when the donor DTD directly into the softcup, when I took it out the next day, definitely more "leftover" like maybe not as much reached my cervix this way.
I prefer the syringe method if I have the time and capability, but softcup method is good for when you have limited time/space - when you have to put it in in a bathroom or something.
There is a kit you can buy to mix with sperm and chill, which keeps the little guys alive for up to 96 hours -
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