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AI supplies? [Mar. 12th, 2009|02:32 pm]
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hey, did any of you try AI at home?  where did you look for a syringe?  all the ones i'm finding in drug stores are really short and are intended as kids' medicine droppers.  i'm not put off by that, but by the size.

i know this is probably a rotten source of valid scientific information, but on the episode of L word where Bette and Tina were trying AI at home, they had a syringe with a long "nose" on it... like thin, flexible extension of the syringe end.  any idea where to find such a thing?  or what a good search phrase would be?  i'm EXTREMELY hesitant to scar my eyes and brain forever with what Google might return if i searched for "lesbian pregnancy syringe"...

and while we're on the topic, any brand recommendations or pans on ovulation testers?  any features to look for or avoid?


[User Picture]From: allyphoe
2009-03-12 07:59 pm (UTC)
What you're looking for is called a "tomcat catheter." You can get them online here: http://www.nwcryobank.com/category,1,artificialinseminationsupply (and probably elsewhere cheaper).

I never got a clear positive with OPKs, but the electronic monitor thingy worked great for me. Expensive, though.
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[User Picture]From: yeledov
2009-03-12 08:40 pm (UTC)
If you are using frozen than the bank should be able to help you with supplies but if you are doing known donor insems then here is what we did for supplies.

Needle-less syringes: My local Walgreen's pharmacy sold me a 200 count box of 5cc needle-less syringes for $25.00.
Tomcat catheters: You really don't need them but they do make things a little easier, especially if you are doing it alone. I got mine from www.zdlinc.com. They were the cheapest I found. (Remember: Even though these catheters are sold for IUI inseminations you should NEVER use them for IUI with fresh or ICI frozen sperm! IUI-ready sperm is the only thing that should be used for that procedure.)

I hate OPKs with a passion. It took me many months, many different brands and a lot of testing to find what worked. The two most popular OPKs that I've heard about and used are Clearblue, First Response, and Target brand. Once I figured out that I needed to 1) test after 12noon 2) not drink a damn thing for 5 hours before and 3) hold my pee for 4 hours before then I started getting results. I tried all three of the top brands at the same time on the same cycle. I used all three each time I tested and found, surprisingly, that the Target brand was the only one to give me a clear positive. (Yes, I'm obsessive.) But some people are all about the other two. It really depends on what you've found works for you. As for the electronic monitor. I tried one of those too. It never showed a peak or ovulation for me ever, even when blood tests proved I had ovulated. But some people swear by it.

Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: sage_and_sea
2009-03-12 09:59 pm (UTC)
We used an oral syringe you can pick up at the dental section of your local grocery store.
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[User Picture]From: checkingmypulse
2009-03-15 12:01 am (UTC)
are you using fresh sperm? we used the syringes for kids - you won't want to use anything too much bigger because there isn't a ton of sperm and you don't it to have too much space to spread around.
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[User Picture]From: mj_dfw
2009-08-12 08:04 pm (UTC)
Did anyone get pregnant from doing at home inseminations with 5cc syringes? Those are about the size of baby syringes that you find in walgreens.
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