PODCAST: Home Insemination

One of the popular topics on this website is home insemination, for the many women whose doctors have cleared them as having few known fertility challenges and thus want to forego the clinic setting and attempt to conceive with at-home insemination. Some women have a sperm vial shipped to their home. Others use the donated sperm of a friend who agrees to be a known donor. We have several podcasts that cover the topic in many ways.

We also have an eguide compilation about Home Insemination.


This radio show, produced and published in 2010, includes a roundtable of single women who talked at a Choice Mom workshop about the home insemination process, their emotions about the Choice Mom journey, IUI vs. ICI, one or two inseminations per cycle, and the value of acupuncture.

It includes the Fertility Q&A: what is hostile cervical mucous?




This is a must listen for anyone who wants to understand more about how conception works. Kristin Kali of Maia Midwifery and Preconception Services talks frankly and in detail about everything you need to know when attempting at-home insemination, including:

  • safety questions to discuss with a known donor
  • the differences between IUI and vaginal insemination
  • the life spans of fresh, refrigerated and frozen sperm
  • why ovulation predictor kits might not tell you everything you need to know, and other ways of detecting ovulation timing
  • the role of orgasm in the insemination process.


I talked with two unique experts in this episode about negotiating with a known donor.

  1. Jon, who has been asked by three women to consider being a known donor. He talks about the kinds of issues they discussed, and in his case, why none of the requests actually turned into a “yes.”
  2. Ami Jaeger, long-time third-party reproduction law expert, with the Santa Fe-based BioLaw Group. She and I talked about why a written contract with a known donor is important, why the donor’s name should not be on the birth certificate, and even how the law might perceive the parenting roles if a child someday has contact with the donor (known or open-identity).

There is more about using a known donor on this website, including sample questions to ask and more insight from Ami.




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