Thanks, our sperm was purchased from Fairfax but it's been in storage at a local fertility lab to be used with an RE so it came with nothing.
Okay, another question, lol... my friend (the midwife) suggested buying some sterile saline to flush the IUI catheter with to make sure all the sperm gets into the uterus. Has anyone done this?
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?
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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.
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