When you start talking about lesbians making a baby this is the image most people get.
The good ole turkey baster method – The belief that lesbians us a turkey baster and boil it to sterilize it and then us it to insert sperm. This was a great part in the movie “ If these walls could talk 2” with Ellen DeGeneres and Sharon Stone. Loved it! Though it looks like so much fun – really?? – This is not how we did home inseminations.
This is the method we used to conceive baby J as well as baby 2.0.
First off you need to start with sperm. Unfortunately with as much as she would love to be able to, D cannot get me pregnant due to lack of sperm. Just the way it is. So how do you get sperm? Well you can get sperm from a couple places – sperm banks or known donors. Only a few sperm banks will deliver to your house so make sure you check around. Most will only deliver to your doctors. We did not want to do it at a clinic. We wanted to be able to be at home and do it our way. We wanted it to be as close to normal as we could make it. We wanted to make love and make a baby. I had no history of medical problems so we didn’t see any need to go to any RE. So we ordered sperm and had it delivered to the house.
This is what it looked like.
The sperm vials are shipped frozen. To thaw them you just have to hold them in your hand for a few minutes or stick them in your bra. You just use body heat to thaw – no microwave needed.
We tried many ways to inseminate but the best way we found was to use an instead cup.
This is a cup designed for your period and you can find them in any drug store by the tampons. The thought of this product being used for that is just gross to me but hey. So this little cup is much like a diaphragm. It is soft and flexible and goes in around your cervix.
It has a little pouch in it. I heard other use the diva cups but the pouch is bigger and was harder to maneuver.
The instead cup was very easy for me to use. You place the sperm in the cup. Picture shown using lotion not real sperm so don’t go all postal on me now. Sperm can be either frozen or fresh it makes no difference.
Then carefully insert the cup and make sure it is around your cervix. You can use a little pre-seed if you need lubrication. Pre-seed is safe to use while TTC. I practiced a few times inserting the cup without sperm in it before attempting to do it with the liquid gold we had purchased. No need to waist any of that.
This process works out great because you can keep the cup in for hours and let all the sperm get soaked up and you don’t have to worry about it leaking out. You don’t need to lay with your legs up you’re your head either. No handstand required. After lying down for about 15-20 minutes you can go about you day or night and not worry about it moving or leaking. Such a nice feature to this method.
I would keep the cup in for a good 6 hours or so. This was mostly done at night and then I would get up in the middle of the night and take it out. FYI – This can be messy so do it over the toilet.
It is a very simple and easy method to do home inseminations. I wouldn’t do it any other way now.
I decided to share this with everyone in hopes that it might help others conceive. We are very open about our process of insemination. I believe it is also important to help educate others that lesbians are not these crazy turkey baster mothers. LOL
Please feel free to ask any questions that you might have. I would be happy to help anyone else with their TTC journey if I can.