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At Home Artificial Insemination To Get Pregnant - Turkey Baster Method

The Turkey Baster Method is the most common way of artificial insemination to get pregnant and have an artificial insemination at home. More often than not you do NOT actually use a turkey baster but a disposable syringe.

You need the following supplies for an artificial insemination at home with a turkey baster:

  1. Needleless syringe or oral medicine syringe (instead of the turkey baster)
  2. Collection cup, baggy or condom
  3. (Optional) Saline without additives or preservatives
  4. (Optional) Tube to attach to syringe
  5. (Optional) Mild germicidal soap

Turkey Baster Pregnancy Insemination

You can ask your doctor for a needleless syringe or you can buy an oral medicine syringe at just about any drugstore or in Wal*Mart near the children's thermometers. Buy the syringe with a plunger, not a bulb end (not the mini turkey baster!). The syringes work pretty much the same way. One that is maybe 4 inches long, or longer, is probably best. The oral medicine syringes have about a half inch narrow tip on the end. You can attach a catheter (thin tube) to either kind of syringe but you don't need to and it may waste more of the semen to use one.

a) Take a clean or sterile glass or plastic cup, baggy, or collection condom and have the male ejaculate into it. Do NOT use a regular condom because it may contain chemicals that kill sperms. There are special collection condoms for this purpose which do not have sperm-killing chemicals.

You'll probably have better luck getting the semen out of a cup since you could suck the baggy or condom up to the syringe and block the opening, but you may get a larger sample with the baggy or the special collection condom. You can use a tiny bit of saline, without additives/preservatives, to help get as much sperm as possible into the syringe, but you don't need to worry too much about leaving a little behind. If you are using frozen sperm, you need to ask the sperm bank for directions on thawing.Syringes Pregnancy Insemination

b) Draw back on the syringe once with nothing but air, then push the air out again.

c) Draw back on the syringe again, but this time have the end of it in the semen -- the vacuum created by pulling back on the stopper will suck the semen into the syringe.

d) Try to tap out any air bubbles since you don't want to inject air into your vagina. You can do this by slowly rotating the syringe until the opening is facing up. Tap the air bubbles to the top and them push the plunger in on the catheter just a small amount -- enough to get rid of air w/o squirting semen out.

e) Get into a position where you can do the artificial insemination at home and either stay comfortably for a half hour or can get into the position w/ minimal movement. Ideal is to either have hips raised or to lay on your side making sure your pelvis is canted (usually hips provide natural angle if you hips are wider than your waist, but if your bed, or wherever you are lying, is soft, you may want to put a pillow or two underneath your hip).

f) Slowly glide the syringe, or catheter, into the vagina until it is close to the cervix -- but do not try to get it into the cervix and do this gently. Your goal is to coat the outside of the cervix and to deposit as much sperm as possible as close the cervix as you can get it.

g) SLOWLY inject sperm. If you do it too fast, it can squirt out of the vagina or at least spray away from the cervix.

h) If you are concerned about wastage in the syringe, you can use some saline, without additives . . . add some to the syringe, shake it a bit, get the air out, and inject. This is not necessary since there probably won't be enough wastage to be of concern.

i) Try to have an orgasm -- Some suggest that using a vibrator for clitoral stimulation produces a bigger, more powerful orgasm. Use whatever method works best for you (unless it requires lots of water!). The orgasm helps the cervix dip into the vaginal pool and suck up sperm -- it helps get more sperm up there, and may speed sperm travel. Avoid penetration (as in intercourse or with vibrator). This falls in the can't hurt, might help category.

j) You can use water and a mild germicidal soap to clean your supplies if they will have time to dry completely before re-use, or run very hot water over them. Otherwise you can use saline to clean everything.


Timing for this kind of artificial insemination at home is the same as for intercourse. The best timing is the day of ovulation and the 2-3 days before ovulation. If you use an ovulation predictor kit then it's the day of the LH surge, the day before the LH surge (as detected with an ovulation predictor kit), and next 1-2 days, the last day or two being insurance. If you don't have all those options, the day of the LH surge and the day after are best.

The advantage to this method is that you don't need any fitted equipment! You don't even need a speculum (though you can use one).

The success rate is the same as with intercourse, perhaps a bit less because there are usually fewer opportunities for insemination and timing may not cover the bases as well.

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By: Hopinghoping On: Sep 3, 2008  6:51PM

has anyone with high fsh tried this method with success ??? Drop me a line if so !!!

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By: 1WIFEY On: Nov 11, 2008  8:04PM


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By: Merissa On: Nov 18, 2008  12:09PM

Hopinghoping, I work in the medical field and have for many years. This method is one of the safest home method in fact many doctors recommend this before they try invitro. My doctor has recommend this for me. Just do not use a dirty syringe. 1WIFEY before you give advise maybe you should know what you are talking about just a word of advise. best of luck on the pregnancy lots of baby wishes- Merissa

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By: RingMaster On: Jan 1, 2009  7:48PM

My Partner and I are trying to get pregnant trying the Turkey Baster Method. How effective is this? I've read in many books and sites that ovulation occurs 14 days after the first day of your last period. So trying day 12,13, and 14 using this method would that be correct?

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By: roya09 On: Jan 24, 2009  6:42AM

My partner and I have been trying to have a baby using artificial insemination for 2 months now without success. I'm wondering if I'm injecting the sperm properly or not. After injecting the sperm, if I move around, would take prevent the sperm from staying inside? Is it also ok if I lie down with my knees drawn up as opposed to raising my hips? Also, it says in the article above that inject the sperm close to the cervix. How can you really tell if the syringe is close enough to the cervix or not? Also, we use a condom to collect the sperm because we get a large sperm sample. I just wanted to clarify if all condoms have spermicide. I had the impression that only certain condoms have spermicide. Other than that, when exactly should I inject the sperm, as in how many days before I ovulate? I guess it would be pointless injecting it after ovulation.

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By: dorawelly On: Oct 6, 2009  11:07AM

how do i know if im injecting the sperm properly, how do you know if the syringe is close enough to the cervix PLEASE HELP A.S.A.P

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By: Va_Mom On: Oct 14, 2009  7:01PM

Wow it felt so good to stumble upon this discussion,I started my last P on the 6th of this month (October) today I had a longtime friend who went through MANY tests (std testing etc) give me a semen sample @ my home.It was collected in a clean sandwich bag.I then let all the semen go to one corner and cut the other corner off with scissors.I layed down and pushed the opened corner up slowly in my vagina as far as I possibly could.I layed there for an hour or more with no movement.I plan to go to wal-mart tomarrow and get a oral medicine syringe and try again every other day until I ovulate.I am hoping this works as I don't have the money to "buy" semen nor do I to have it injected by a doctor but was told by my doctor that this was safe as long as everything was clean.I will keep anyone who is interested updated.I am new to this site and would like to talk with friendly people so please no snide remarks or judging me please.I am just a hard working mother who would like another child.I have two daughters but am getting alittle older ;) and would like to have #3.Thanks and good-luck to all who are trying for a baby!

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By: mul112306 On: Oct 18, 2009  11:57PM

If any one has used this methed and it worked please tell me. Me and my husband have been trying for years. But don't have a lot of money to pay a docter. With no insurce they want like 500 up front then every month a payment of 200. Just tell me what we can do to have a baby. I'm over wieght so does matter when it comes to getting pregant? I have always dreamed of being a mom. All i'm asking for is alil help. I will take any tip and try any thing and every thing. If it has worked for someone else. Thank you I hope to hear from some one soon. You can also EMAIL me at ( )

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By: Russ On: Dec 17, 2009  9:29AM

Please Help. We are a gay couple and are finally wanting to raise our own children. Now we have many volunteers that are willing to be a Surrogate. Yes we have gone through the whole contract stage and what is going to happen already. But we want to know if this method actually works. WE would much rather not have to do it the Direct Deposit way. lol. Is there anyone out there that can actually say that they got pregnant this way? Thank you

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By: yen On: Jan 22, 2010  3:57PM

if anyone has had success with this method, drop me a line. i been wanting to get pregnant but i dont wanna try anything that hasn't had any success

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