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TESTING FOR OVULATION
Depending on the length of your cycle testing for ovulation should begin at approximately day 10.  If your cycle is less than 28 days long we recommend that your start testing earlier.  If your cycle is longer than 28 days then we would still recommend that you begin testing at day 10 but continue testing daily for longer - sometimes until you have your next period to ensure that you do not miss your most fertile time.  Once you have kept track of your cycle for a couple of months it should then be easier to determine when you should start testing for ovulation.
Please read the instructions carefully prior to beginning testing.
There are also applications that you can download for your mobile phone or internet based sites where you can keep track of your cycle.
 
CERVICAL MUCUS
The common terms used to describe cervical mucus are:
Dry - This is when you have little or no mucus
Sticky - The mucus is thick and tacky to touch. 
Creamy - this can be whitish in colour and feel like lotion.  This can indicate the beginning of your fertile period. 
Egg-White - This resembles egg white and is clear or streaked.  When pulled between your fingers it can stretch an inch or more.  This indicates that you are very fertile and can last from between 1-5 days. 
There are ways of increasing your cervical mucus which include:
Drinking grapefruit juice and plenty of water per day
Cut back on caffeine and don't smoke
 
Home Insemination
Please remember these are our personal notes on home insem.  There is a wealth of information on the www.  You can never have too much information! 
Our Insemination kits are used for vaginal artificial insemination, at home using a syringe to insert your partner/donor’s sperm in order to achieve pregnancy.
Artificial Insemination is simply inserting fresh sperm into a women’s vagina without sexual intercourse.
KEEP A DIARY
To give you the best start in achieving your goal it is  useful to track your menstrual cycle - simply keep a  diary account.  It is the most useful way to determine your most fertile days.   For the majority of women, day 14 (if your periods are regular) is the most fertile day.  The egg is usually released from day 12 – 16, so this would be the best time to inseminate.
If you have ordered a kit with thermometer, we have  enclosed a BBT chart for you to log your temperature, cervical mucus and your monthly cycle – all these things indicate when you are to ovulate. 
TRANSPORTING SEMEN
In your pack you have wide rimmed specimen pots – for your partner/donor to deposit his sperm.
Sperm is best inserted as soon as possible after ejaculation, wait for the semen to transform from ‘lumpy’ to more fluid like.  If you are lucky enough to be in a position inseminate immediately then that is great.  If like most people, you have to transport the sperm to your home it can keep for up to 2 hours .  The sperm is best kept insulated so wrap the pot with tissue, paper towels etc and do not expose to light as this can damage the sperm.  You can keep the pot between your legs or under your armpit to maintain it at body temperature. 
 
INSEMINATION PROCESS
You should then make yourself comfortable, maybe have cushions underneath your bottom to lift your hips…then relax!
Take the syringe, draw back with nothing in it to create a vacuum, then push out, next time put the syringe (just the tip) into the sperm inside the pot (it helps to gently tilt the pot) then carefully draw back (try not to get too many air bubbles).  You can rotate the syringe so that the tip is pointing upwards and gently tap the side of the  syringe to move any air bubbles up the the top then gently push the plunger to move the air bubbles out without losing any of the semen.
Next, insert the syringe into the vagina as far as you  comfortably can and inject slowly.  We suggest you leave it there for a couple of minutes.  Then remove the syringe, but you should stay put for 30 minutes or so.
 
PREGNANCY TESTING
When you are trying to conceive , you will want to know as soon as possible if you are pregnant or not.  This is why we use the recommended 10mIU/ml ultra sensitive testing strips for early diagnosis.  These can be used up to 4 days prior to the first day of your missed period.  Pregnancy tests look for concentrates of Human chorionic gonadatrophin  (HCG) which is released by the placenta during pregnancy.  The more advanced the pregnancy is the greater the amount of HCG. 
To carry out the test please read and follow the enclosed instructions carefully.
 

Good luck!
 
 

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