Yesterday was our first “home insemination” which occurred in the back of my car. I got a text from Lyn while at the pharmacy buying pre-seed that she got a positive OPK. This was much earlier than we expected. She usually gets a smiley face on CD12-13 and yesterday was CD10. With the benefit of using a known donor we were planning on starting inseminations the day before her expected positive OPK, the day of the positive and potentially the day after. Her early positive definitely put a wrench in that plan. So, I bought the pre-seed and headed straight home to see my wife quickly gathering all the supplies: 5mL syringe, specimen cup, newly purchased pre-seed, large coffee cup to hold the specimen cup in public, and the softcup. While getting ready to head out the door, I thought to grab a pillow to elevate the hips and a blanket.
After that, we face after work traffic to meet up with the donor. During this time, we are both very nervous to say the least. Neither of us really had a chance to mentally prepare. This whole past week, we planned on doing this in a hotel room with ample time to go over the plan. Instead, we had a car ride to consider the steps. Once we got to our secluded parking spot, Lyn puts in the pre-seed while I read her step-by-step directions. We were both surprised by how involved the directions were.
The donor came from work surprised by the timeline change but ready to help. We passed him the coffee cup with the specimen cup inside and he went to do his business. Shortly thereafter, he passed the cup back to us and we parted ways. We headed back to the car where we frantically decided to lower the back seats and layout a blanket. From there, we followed our previous plan: a little bit of arousal, semen goes into syringe, syringe goes in and I slowly inserted the semen, we left the syringe in for a couple minutes, and finished with an orgasm. After that, I discovered that there was a little bit of semen left in the cup so I put that in the syringe and inserted it. Lastly, the softcup went in. We laid there together for a little bit with Lyn’s hips elevated as the sun drifted away. Then, we went for ramen to celebrate and discuss next steps for today.
For today, we decided to go without pre-seed because of their mixed reviews. We will try it again tomorrow. I also emptied my trunk so we don’t have random lawn chairs and reusable bags to fuss with. And I brought more blankets and another pillow. Let’s hope this works!