At-home IUI - Page 2
FYI we use the Z cat catheter from ZDL Inc/Dr Zavos
My partner freaked out when she saw how much one time, so we asked our midwife if there was anything we could do. It's hard to describe, but our midwife showed us to get just a tiny bit of air behind the sperm and use that to get the bulk of it through. Of course, the air never enters the catheter itself, or the uterus (of course), but is just used as a bit of a cushion. Without guidance this just sounds like terrible dangerous random advice on the internet though, so maybe someone else has a better resource!
I found another place, which seems very reasonable. http://shop.inseminationsupplies.com/main.sc I have heard that on ebay you can find a lot of ovulation & pregnancy tests very inexpensively. Hope this helps. We are going to try this in the next few months after we get all the testing and I visit the OB. Most likely will have to get on Clomid or fertility injections, @ 35 me eggs have left me body, so that lessens the chance of me getting pregnant.
Steele Tig, not sure what bank you're using, but our sperm (from TSBC) came with syringes that slipped right on to the catheters. One piece of advice- put the catheter on the syringe FIRST, then draw up the sperm directly into the catheter. If you draw the sperm into the syringe, then attach the catheter, you'll have trouble getting it all out.
It's been three years since we've done this, but we're actually starting again this week, so feel free to send me a private message if you want to chat.
If you put the catheter on the syringe first, before you draw up the sperm, then use the tip of the catheter to draw all the sperm out of the vial, you should then be able to plunge the syringe and fully empty the catheter into the uterus.
We did have a situation once where somehow some air got in to the syringe, and not all the sperm was emptied out. My DP then removed the catheter from the syringe, drew back on the syringe to pull in a tiny bit of air, reattached it, and then reinserted it and plunged. Does that make sense?
From what I recall, saline is safer than water (water follows salt, if the saline has the same amount of salt as semen, balance is maintained. If the sperm cells have more salt than the surrounding water, water rushes into the cell trying to achieve osmotic balance and the spermies explode), but we did like Angela said. We drew up through the cath and kept the cath pointed down so the bubble stayed at the top to push everything back out, and not go into the body.