Family Friday XXV: The One with the Heartbeat and More Education

I am continuing the Educational Series with Methods in Sperm Ordering and Shipping. But first! We went to the second midwife appointment on Monday and were able to hear the heartbeat! The midwife even recorded it and emailed it to us. My response: There really is something inside me. lol The heart rate was 150 which she says is good. Everything so far is going smoothly. And now on to the education (including photos!)…

Methods in Sperm Ordering and Shipping:
So now that we had selected our guy, we had to decide what to order, when to order it, and how to pay for it. I’m only partially kidding about the paying for it thing. Each donor has available only what they can produce obviously. The bank we used had MOT5, MOT10, MOT20, and MOT30+, referring to the number of “good” sperm. Our donor, which we found out after calling the bank for more information, had very good motility and had previous positive pregnancies with at home inseminations. That was a huge plus because apparently at home inseminations are not all that common and because there is no “professional” involved (just the random wannabee parents/scientists) there are (supposedly) many ways that it could go wrong or be unsuccessful. We figured out that you have to call to order the shipment two days prior to two days prior to needing it (that means at least four days prior to needing it). In case you have never tried to tracked the precise moment of ovulation and then tried to predict when the moment will occur ahead of time, it is not so easy. I was actually very afraid that my body was not going to cooperate with this whole ordeal and cause us much headache and financial waste. Luckily, that was not the case. Based on my months of tracking and graphing and temperature taking (oh, I am just remembering the horror of having to wake up every morning at 4am to take my temp and realizing now that I’ve only replaced “temperature taking” with “having to pee”), we made our prediction and called up the bank. The anticipation of it all was nerve racking. We decided to order two straws of MOT10 each time to increase the odds, considering timing is so important. FYI in addition to the cost of the actual straws of sperm, you have to pay for shipping of this delicate and precious goo(d). Shipping costs nearly as much as your goods depending on what you order because it is shipped frozen in a liquid nitrogen dry shipper tank. This tank and it’s protective outer case weigh about 25 pounds. You, of course, have to return the tank as well so trips to the Fed Ex store were entertaining as the clerk gave me odd looks both times I entered with my fancy science experiment of a container. (All this fun and we haven’t event gotten to the baby making part…lol)

This is me bringing home the precious items from the FedEx store. We nicknamed the tank R2-D2’s brother:

The actual tank inside:

Get ready for next week, or get prepared, because the topic is “Insemination for Dummies” and don’t worry it isn’t inappropriately detailed (depending on who you ask).lol

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5 thoughts on “Family Friday XXV: The One with the Heartbeat and More Education

  1. I happened upon your beautiful site while researching the technical processing necessary for sperm collection and donation; I know the basics, but need details of how a lab operates for a play I’m writing.. Can you give me a lead for technical info -. Eg: what training and techniques would a lab operator need to have? Your site is a breath of sweet air Big thanks for it! Karen

  2. I stumbled across your blog searching for what level of Mot straws to use in my own home insemination. I was wondering, you mentioned using two Mot 10 straws each insemination…did you combine both of those straws for one insem or did you do two separate insems? Thanks so much and I hope to hear back from you!

    1. We used each straw separate and spaced them 12-18 hours apart. We were more concerned with the timing being right than there not being enough quantity. Hope that helps!

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