What is self insemination ?

DIY (do-it-yourself) or self-insemination, is a method in which the woman (or her partner ) inserts semen into the vagina herself, without medical intervention. This is a useful technique for couples with sexual dysfunction (e.g. inability to consummate the marriage because of impotence or vaginismus); when the husband cannot perform sexual intercourse for any reason on the fertile days; or for single women or lesbians .

It's surprisingly easy to learn to do, but because most women know so little about their own anatomy, most are very uncomfortable even attempting to try it. This guide should help you with the basics, but the only way to learn is by doing it. You can also ask your doctor for help and she may be able to guide you in the beginning. Some couples may get turned off by the idea, because it is so "clinical", with a little bit of imagination, and your husband's cooperation, you can make it fun!

How is self insemination done ?
So what do you need? Very little, really.

The most important ingredient is a freshly ejaculated semen sample. Ask your husband to ejaculate in a clean glass or plastic container. Make sure this is wide-mouthed, so it's easier for him to aim accurately - you don't want any of it to spill out! Sometimes getting a sample can be difficult, and you may need to seduce your husband! Using a vibrator, or liquid paraffin as a lubricant, can help enormously. You can also use frozen semen samples from a sperm bank, after allowing them to thaw at room temperature.

After the semen sample has liquefied (this takes about 30 minutes), you are now ready to perform the procedure. Ask your husband to put on disposable gloves and then suck up the semen sample into a disposable plastic pasteur pipette. You can buy this from us.

The semen now needs to be squirted into your vagina, and this is the tricky part. You need to lie on a bed, with your knees and thighs bent, and your knees wide apart, so that your husband can see your vulva clearly. He then guides the tip of the pipette into your vagina (he can do this just by feel, by inserting the left index finger into your vagina, and using this to guide the pipette , which is in his right hand). He can put the pipette in as deep as he wants - don't worry - it won't get lost. He then plunges the barrel, depositing the semen into the vagina.

You may find it easier to lie on the edge of the bed, so that your hips protrude over the edge. Putting a pillow under your hips can make it easier for your husband to perform the insemination. You can remain lying on your back for about ten minutes, after which you can resume normal activity. Some of the semen will leak out, and this is normal.

While using a speculum is not essential, it can help, but this is your choice.

Timing the procedure is extremely important, because you need to inseminate during your "fertile period". Fortunately, it's quite easy to determine when you ovulate, and you can either monitor your cervical mucus, or use an ovulation prediction kit.


You can assemble your own self-insemination kit and this should contain:

  • Ovulation prediction test kits (to help you to time the procedure)
  • Semen container (wide-mouthed plastic jar)
  • Lubricant (liquid paraffin) to help your husband, if needed
  • Disposable Pasteur pipettes
  • Disposable paper/rubber gloves
  • Cervical cap
  • Plastic speculum
  • Torch
  • Mirror

Here are some queries patients often ask.

" We are planning for baby due to painful sex. We are trying home insemination. Through Youtube , we tried with a syringe last time . What we observed is almost all the liquid injected into vagina was coming out along with the syringe when it is pulled out. While surfing we came across your video and we are planning to buy your DIY kit. 

Have a few queries could you please provide your inputs.

1. With your kit ,when we insert the speculum ,won't it cause burning or pain inside vagina ? In that case can we use lubricant provided in your kit to apply on speculum or please suggest how to loosen vagina. I don't get lubrication properly.

You don't need to use the speculum if you don't want to. It's easy to insert the soft plastic pasteur pipette deep into your vagina . This will automatically deposit the semen near the cervix.

2. Through the pipette should we drop semen near the cervical opening or should insert pippet slightly to cervix opening.

Near the cervix is fine. Sperm can swim and will find their way to the cervical mucus, so please don't worry about this

3. With my previous experience injecting through a syringe I noticed almost all liquid came out of vagina, what should we do to make semen stay inside vagina.

Lie down with a pillow under your hips for a few minutes after the insemination

Leakage is normal . This happens after sexual intercourse as well, because the vagina is a closed blind tunnel/sheath

4.After sperm ejaculation how long the sperm should be kept outside, I mean should we wait before inserting into vagina after semen collection.

15 min is enough for it to liquefy

5. Is it necessary to get naturally lubricated inside vagina and get orgasm during this process ?

No, there is no relationship between sexual arousal, orgasm and fertility

5. Can the kit be delivered to my hometown which is small taluk in Karnataka.




You can buy the kit from us. The cost is Rs 1950.

Courier costs are Rs 400 for delivery outside Mumbai.

You can send us a NEFT, and we will courier this to you. You can order by NEFT . Please email me at [email protected] when you do so .

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This kit contains:

  • 3 sterile semen containers
  • Nontoxic sperm-friendly lubricant ( liquid paraffin) to help your husband, if needed
  • Disposable plastic sterile Pasteur pipettes for doing the insemination
  • Disposable sterile paper gloves
  • A plastic speculum which you can wash and reuse
  • Detailed instructions as to how to use the kit


Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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