IUI or at home insemination
CleverQuacks · 17/11/2019 21:29
I am a single woman. I already have children and I am hoping to have another. I fell pregnant with my children very quickly so I know that my fertility is good. Now I am considering the best way forward in terms of having another.
I have looked into IUI in a clinic but also stumbled across a company that you can buy sperm from for at home insemination. They are called sellmerdiers. Has anyone used these? Obviously at home insemination is cheaper but I don’t want to waste money if it’s unlikely to work.
Can anyone share their experiences?
Persipan · 18/11/2019 06:21
There's some data here about the comparative success rates of home insemination with frozen sperm versus IUI in a clinic: www.thespermbankofca.org/content/insemination-methods-outcomes
Generally, I would say that home insemination with frozen sperm is slightly cheaper and more convenient, but you trade that for the monitoring and other medical support which a clinic would provide, meaning your chances are a good bit lower per cycle. The timing is also a really significant factor when trying to conceive with frozen sperm, and this can be quite stressful to manage on your own. It's really easy to mess it up, and that's a lot of money down the drain.
You haven't said how old you are/how old your children are, and this may also influence your thinking - the fact that you became pregnancy quickly in the past is encouraging, but unfortunately doesn't guarantee that you will do so again. I would generally recommend that anyone looking to spend money on sperm first have a fertility MOT with a clinic to check for any factors which may impede conception, because it would suck to spend lots of money on attempts and only later discover that there's some reason they couldn't ever have worked.
Best of luck!
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