Self insemination - after someone has made an offer to mail someone an unused copy of Lisa Saffrons book, this is the relevant info about how to inseminate...
What I used for inseminating once I had established the time was right using the fertile mucus technique:
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oral medicine syringe
1. Get chap to ejacualte in to the glass. We used a small "V" shaped liqueur glass (a gift from my Auntie Edie when I left home, I never did tell her the use I put them to) which made it easier to "drain" when it was drawn up in to the oral medicine syringe.
2. Wait about 10-15 minutes until the sperm liquifies. This is really obvious when it happens. Keep the glass at room temperature out of bright light while the process of liquification is happening.
3. Draw the sperm up in to the oral medicine syringe using the plunger. If the sperm has not liquified there will be lots and lots of air bubbles in it. Stop and wait until the process has finished.
Lie on your back with your hips elevated - use a pillow or something with a towel underneath. Insert the syringe in to your vagina as far as is comfortable, use a similar technique to inserting a tampon. Very slowly depress the plunger and the sperm will be ejected in to your body. Stay there for as long as feels right - I waited about 20-30 minutes before getting up. Wipe, and put sanitary pad in to your knickers, you will drip.
He should produce over 3ml of sperm, Lisa Safron's book said that if there isn't this ammount to get him to do it again, if at all possible. This had my chap foaming at the mouth.
The bit about waiting for it to liquify is really really important. If it has air bubbles in it (it has been drawn in to the syringe too soon) the process becomes incredibly messy and wasteful of sperm if your access to this is limited.
Keeping the sperm alive
1. Be aware that some containers will kill sperm. I know that styrofoam will kill sperm. We decided that it was probably safest to use glass.
2. When you wash your kit between insemination. Use plain water and be very thorough.
3. Make sure that anything that will come in to contact with the sperm is dry. Water kills sperm if it comes in to contact with it. The process of osmosis* causes the sperm to swell up and explode
One of the books I consulted suggested rinsing things through with sterile saline solution as it has the same osmotic pressure as the sperm. I found this unnecessary.
4. Do not overheat the sperm and keep it in a shady place while you are waiting for it to liquify.
I found drinks with bendy straws while I was lying down were also helpful, I did my inseminations in very hot weather.
* the passage of molecules across a semi permeable membrane from a solution of low concentration to a solution of high concentration until both reach the same concentration.