Cryos answers your home insemination questions
At Cryos, we strive to provide easy-to-understand answers to your questions, as we know how important it is for you to fully understand our procedures and services.
Home insemination is a procedure that many of our clients have questions about; this is understandable since it is a process that you’re doing by yourself.
Let’s go over some of the most frequently asked questions about home insemination now.
How do I perform home insemination, and can I do it myself at home?
Cryos includes an insemination kit with detailed picture instructions on every order. Watch this video showing step-by-step instructions on how to use the kit. Home insemination is typically done at home, and you can do it by yourself or with the help of your significant other.
If you are going to use home insemination, then we can recommend you to read our blog post on how to make home insemination successful.
Which sperm donors can be ordered for home insemination?
Any of the sperm donors on our donor list, including IUI and ICI sperm straws can be used for home insemination. IUI sperm is washed, and ICI sperm is in its natural state. Either of these can be used for home insemination, although IUI is generally used for clinical procedures that require the sperm to be washed. ICI is typically used for home insemination, and it is less expensive than IUI ready sperm.
What does MOT mean when it comes to sperm?
MOT is short for motility, and it refers to the ability of the sperm cells to move or swim. It is important to remember that Cryos’ straws are 0.5 ml, not 1 ml. For example, a MOT20 straw means that there are a minimum of 10 million motile sperm per straw. For more information regarding motility, check out our blog What does MOT mean?
Am I legally allowed to buy donor sperm and use it for home insemination?
Yes. You are legally allowed to buy donor sperm and use it for home insemination. You are responsible to use it in accordance with national legislation. Check with your local authorities if you are located outside of the U.S.
Do sperm donors have any legal rights after the child is born?
No. Sperm donors sign away all legal rights to the child’s future parents. Paternity/maternity is normally determined in accordance with existing legislation in the country where the child is born. Cryos’ sperm donors have waived all paternal and financial rights over children conceived using their donated sperm.
How much does donor sperm cost?
Cost depends on which sperm donor you purchase, the MOT, and shipping. For example, if you choose to purchase the recommended amount of 2 straws of ICI MOT 10, the cost should be around $1,200, shipping included. Read further for the answer on how much shipping costs will be for the different shipment options available.
If you want to learn more about the cost of home insemination compared to other fertility treatments, we recommend you to follow the link to our blog post on the subject.
How much sperm do I buy for home insemination?
We recommend purchasing 2 straws ICI MOT10 or higher.
Do I need to be home to receive the delivery of specimen?
The delivery can be received by anyone over the age of 18. A signature is required, and the specimen will not be left at your door if no one is there to receive it. Missing a shipment will delay and possibly interfere with the survival of the sperm.
How much is shipping?
Shipping prices vary depending on where your product is being shipped. If shipping to either Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or internationally, you will need to contact Cryos Customer Care for exact shipping rates. If shipping to other states within the U.S., shipping prices will vary depending on your preference of how you want your specimen to be shipped and when you want to receive it. Read more about shipping and delivery of donor sperm here.
Keep in mind, there are important factors to consider when choosing your shipping, such as when you are ovulating and what day you want to receive the shipment. Therefore, it is important to track your ovulation so you know when to inseminate.
Cryos International is located in Orlando, FL and pick-up is always an option for those who prefer to come in person.