These are pretty good directions: http://theivp.com/ladybusiness/?p=12
I also PM's you with some specifics about what we did for our recent (BFP!) cycle.
OK, so I did a little experiment this cycle and I figured I'd report about it here since others looking for at-home IUI info may find it interesting.
This month I actually did the IUI myself -- solo. It was easier than I thought and actually smoother than I expected.
I set up everything within reach and sat on the edge of a really low foot stool. I put a standing cosmetic mirror on the floor and put the speculum in. I used a tiny flashlight in my mouth that when aimed at the mirror lit everything up perfectly. I sucked up sperm into the catheter and carefully moved the tip of the catheter toward the cervical os being careful not to touch it to anything else (vaginal wall, outside of the cervix, etc). The catheter only needed a little wiggle to get it to 2-3" in. It was actually the smoothest IUI I've ever had and I wonder if this "squatting" position is actually better for performing an IUI than lying on one's back. I think maybe the abdominal organs and gravity push down on the uterus and make it flatter. I slowly depressed the syringe plunger and not a single drop flowed back out (also better than most IUIs I've had).
The whole experience was so great than I think I'll do it this way every time. DW is super sqeemish about medical things and feels queezy and light-headed at the sight (sometimes just the thought) of blood or many bodily things.
I use this source for catheters: http://www.shopmedvet.com/product/tom-cat-catheter-kendall-3-5-french-5-5inch-open-end
I love this thread! DP and I need help.
We are ready to do at-home iui and we have a donor for "fresh". We have instructions on how to insem, but we're missing these puzzle peices:
In "what" does donor "deposit the fresh?" Then, how to transfer to the beaker?
...then, since we would like to wash with the swim-up method, where can we find the medium to wash them?
...at last, can we just siphon off the top of the beaker, and inject?
Basically, I can't find instructions or any resources on how to prepare the fresh at home without buying the centrifuge. What am i missing? How are people doing this?
What a helpful thread! This information is still so useful. My partner and I knew we were going to start trying at home, but now it's really sneaking up. Our year-long membership with our cryobank is done this Friday, so we need to order within the next few days to avoid forfeiting the free vial we earned earlier in the year.
Now it's a scramble to make sure we have what we need for when I ovulate in a couple weeks.
Very helpful resources in here. Thanks so much!
Btw, we need our at home ICI "kit" to use with frozen vials, so any wisdom or advice you have to pass on will be greatly appreciated. <3
Love and baby dust to you all!
Thanks for the information, Sphinxy, and I wish I had read your note before we picked up the tank yesterday, then I would've asked the bank for a couple syringes...
We are planning to do an IUI, so we did get a washed vial.
And thank you for the tips about the room! I wouldn't have known about the dark, and I probably would've thought of the "calm" stuff too late. Like as a cat was jumping up on the bed with us...
We plan to "test" the equipment a bit first -- use the speculum, find the cervix, just so DP can get the lay of the land. When we had the insems at the clinic, she watched a couple of them, so she's familiar, just hasn't done it on her own, of course.
I think the only concern I can think of right now is getting the liquid from the vial and up into the syringe. Is it tricky? What's the best way to get it all?