Home Insemination – is it for you?


It is widely accepted that the best way to become pregnant through artificial insemination with donor sperm, is at a fertility clinic. If you don’t know which clinic to contact, send us an email and we will provide you with a list of fertility clinics in your country.

However, many women prefer to become pregnant in the comfort of their own home through Home Insemination.

But how does Home Insemination work? 

How it works 
Home Insemination gives you the flexibility to have the insemination where you would like it.

On the European Sperm Bank website, you choose an available donor in our donor search and book a delivery to your address. We ship worldwide.

Before you buy the donor sperm, we recommend that you consult with a health care professional; a doctor, a nurse or an obstetrician, because we need an approval before we ship the donor sperm to you. We can help you to come in contact with a health care professional in your country, so feel free to contact us.  

The donor sperm is then sent to you along with a home insemination kit and through instructions on how to handle the sperm and how to inseminate yourself. The tank, which holds the straws containing the sperm, can keep the sperm fresh for up two weeks from the day, you recieve it. This gives you to flexibility to perform the insemination at the best possible time considering your day of ovulation. You can download the guide here in English or German.

When and how?
Your Home Insemination must be performed on the day of ovulation.
Your ovulation comes every month approximately in the middle of your menstrual cycle. Your menstrual cycle is the period from the first day of your menstrual cycle to the first day of the next menstrual cycle – which means that ovulation normally takes place about 14 days before the first day of your next menstrual cycle. It is easy to find your day of ovulation with an ovulation test, which you can purchase online or at the pharmacy.
Take a test morning and evening, and perform the home insemination the day after your first positive test.

Keep this in mind
It may take several attempts before you succeed in becoming pregnant. A gynecologist or your own doctor can help you with information and insights on fertility, risks, studies and methods.
The success rate for achieving a pregnancy can vary regardless of which method you choose. Many factors may affect your fertility and pregnancy

We do our best to advise and support those of you who wish to do a Home Insemination. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us or read more about Home Insemination

//posted by Lilian, Nurse and Donor Coordinator at European Sperm Bank