What we did and when.
We were tracking my cycle on an app called Fertility Friend that showed that I would be due to ovulate on 10th Feb. You want to have sperm in your body before you ovulate as sperm can live in the body for 5-7 days and eggs have a much shorter lifespan (something like 24-48 hours).
As such, we artificially inseminated (details to follow) on the 7th, 8th and 9th Feb. We are not 100% sure which day was ‘the’ day and you have to remember the length of time that sperm can linger in there for. So I might have been late in ovulating and my egg was fertilised on the 15th? Who knows. We are just so happy.
The method –
Our first day, the 7th, we dropped off a specimen pot (sterilised) with our known donor, waited till we got the ‘I’m done’ message, and collected. We took it home (20 minute drive) and Ashley inserted the semen using a needle-less syringe, then gave me an orgasm (clitoral action only). We felt like there was quite a bit of wastage doing it this way as so much of it seemed to come out when I stood up (about 30 minutes after insertion).
The next twice, Ashley was at work, so I met the donor early morning on both days and inserted the baby-juice a different way, I used my Mooncup (menstrual cup). So I emptied all the semen from the specimen pot into my Mooncup and inserted it. I then lay with my legs in the air for approx. 30 minutes in an attempt to guide the little swimmers. I kept the Mooncup in for about 5 hours. After taking it out, as a big lesbian, the sight is not nice! Old, yellow-ing, smelly sperm. Don’t look and flush it ASAP is my advice.