It looks like Vanessa and I are going to go ahead and inseminate this month after all, but we’re going to try it at home. We’re really looking forward to this opportunity to do this together and without a doctor’s help, even if it doesn’t work out this month. No one can say we haven’t done this insemination thing– everything from picking up a 2 foot tall tank at a cryobank, driving it 900 miles, and hauling it into the lobby of our doc’s office to trigger shots, ultrasounds, and now your basic old-fashioned turkey basting.
At the risk of complicating matters, I’ve been reading up on Preseed. This product has been recommended to me by a couple who were successful with at-home insemination (w/out Luteal Phase Defect but with their own unique problems, including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), but since our doc/nurse practitioner isn’t familiar with it, we’ve not tried it. Most regular lubricants are sperm-hostile, but this stuff is supposed to be completely safe. It provides a safe medium for sperm to make the journey through the cervix by mimicing eggwhite-quality cervical fluid– just what you want at ovulation-time.
I was afraid to do Clomid this month b/c I know it dries up cervical fluid, and since we’re not going to be bypassing my cervix this time with an IUI, we need that quality fluid. After reading up on Preseed, though, I’m tempted to go ahead with the Clomid if we use this, too. Any TTC and/or pregnant lurkers out there who have done this or who care to weigh in with an opinion? I have an e-mail out to our nurse practitioner with the link to get her opinion, too.