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Turkey Baster Baby 101: An At-Home Insemination Technique

Contrary to what you might be thinking right now, turkey baster babies don’t require turkeys nor their babies. Learn more about this artificial insemination technique that you can easily use at home.

Cooking is both a science and an art, requiring the individual to apply heat to ingredients in order to create something greater than the sum of its parts. However, cooking a delicious dish isn’t as easy as following a recipe because there are so many factors at play. For one, the equipment you have isn’t the same as what the recipe’s writer used.

This rings true for couples who’re Trying To Conceive (TTC). It’s not just about squeezing in as much unprotected sex as you can in a month because everyone’s bodies and circumstances are unique. You’ll need to work smart while working hard, which makes consultations with your gynaecologist crucial.

Essentially, the goal is to deposit sperm as close to the cervical opening as possible, no matter the method. This bypasses the lower vaginal tract’s acidic environment and gives sperm a better chance of reaching the egg. It’s less invasive than it sounds and there’s even a technique that you and your partner can use in the comfort of your home, aka the ‘Turkey Baster Baby’ method.

Here’s everything you need to know about it, including how you can perform this artificial insemination technique safely.

 

What does ‘Turkey Baster Baby’ even mean?

‘Turkey Baster Baby’ simply refers to the end product after the ‘Turkey Baster Baby’ method is applied. In a nutshell, it means that you successfully conceived by using this artificial insemination technique. It’s akin to how ‘test tube baby’ refers to a child that was conceived via In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).

Despite the odd name, the ‘Turkey Baster Baby’ method is just a form of Intracervical Insemination (ICI). This means that sperm is delivered right to the cervical opening or near it, but with a needleless syringe or actual turkey baster instead of a penis [1]. This artificial insemination technique comes in handy when you’re ovulating but aren’t in the mood for sex.

Convenient, it can be applied in the comfort of your own home without the supervision of a trained fertility specialist or medical professional. All you need is a needleless syringe or turkey baster and a small cup to hold your partner’s semen. Draw the semen with the syringe or turkey baster before inserting it into your vagina. Then, press the plunger or rubber bulb to deposit the semen.

There are several differences between at-home ICI and IVF, but the most obvious would be the cost involved. An IVF package in Singapore will set you back anywhere between S$10,000 and S$22,000, depending on the hospital chosen [2]. On the other hand, every round of at-home ICI costs just a few dollars. No kidding.

 

Is the ‘Turkey Baster Baby’ method safe?

The ‘Turkey Baster Baby’ method of artificial insemination is straightforward, taking just 2 steps and several minutes to complete. Despite its simplicity, there are a few things to keep in mind before you get started. This largely revolves around hygiene and preventing yourself from getting hurt.

Firstly, ensure that the equipment you’re using is sanitised. Ideally, your needless syringe or turkey baster and small container should be brand new. For obvious reasons, do not reuse disposable syringes and turkey basters that were used for cooking turkeys. Keeping things clean prevents infections and keeps as much sperm alive as possible.

Secondly, enter a comfortable position before inserting the syringe or turkey baster. Lying down and placing a pillow below your hips gives you the best angle for insertion. Alternatively, get your partner to lend a hand because they have a better view. However, communicate and make sure that you aren’t inserting the syringe or turkey baster too far in.

Lastly, you might want to leave the syringe or turkey baster in for a few minutes while remaining in the same position to prevent any immediate semen leakage. Every drop will help in your journey to conceive.

 

When’s the best time to use the ‘Turkey Baster Baby’ method?

The ‘Turkey Baster Baby’ method is best used when you’re ovulating or several days before it. It’s identical to the ideal window for unprotected sex as both techniques are meant to fertilise the mature egg that’s released from the ovary. However, that’s not the end all and be all for this artificial insemination technique.

You can use the ‘Turkey Baster Baby’ method when you’re ovulating and either you or your partner doesn’t have the energy for sex. As mentioned earlier, performing this technique takes just 2 steps and several minutes. Cleaning up is easy as well, especially if you’re using a disposable syringe and/or cup.

Additionally, you can perform this artificial insemination technique if your partner is experiencing erectile dysfunction or performance anxiety. They’ll be able to ejaculate in full privacy and comfort before you proceed to perform self-insemination. This takes a large amount of stress away, especially if you have been TTC for a while.

The success rate for the ‘Turkey Baster Baby’ method, or ICI in general, ranges from 5% to 30% per ovulation cycle [3]. Successfully conceiving depends on a number of factors, including age and sperm quality, hence the wide range for this method’s success rate.

 

How does the twoplus Fertility Applicator differ from this method?

Using the twoplus Fertility Applicator is identical to the ‘Turkey Baster Baby’ method, requiring the same 2 steps and amount of time. However, there is 1 key difference: the equipment involved. The Applicator is designed specifically for at-home ICI, unlike a disposable syringe or turkey baster.

Firstly, it is sperm-friendly, having undergone tests for biocompatibility and human sperm survival. This means, you won’t have to worry about sperm dying when you’re drawing semen from a container with the Applicator.

Additionally, this at-home insemination syringe’s rounded tip ensures that over 90% of semen within it is transferred to the vagina safely. Self-inseminating with conventional syringes is much less efficient because their narrow tip traps semen, causing a significant loss in volume. 

Lastly, there’s the Applicator’s ace in the hole. Should you purchase the Applicator, it comes with the FDA-registered Soft Tip accessory. The Soft Tip makes inserting the Applicator much more comfortable and you can detach it after the deed is done to halt the immediate leakage of semen out of the vagina. No fuss and definitely no mess.

 

In closing

The ‘Turkey Baster Baby’ method is a simple and convenient artificial insemination technique. It’s something that you and your partner should learn just in case it’s prime time and neither of you feel like doing the devil’s tango. After all, you just need a sanitised needleless syringe or turkey baster and a cup.

For maximum comfort and efficiency however, do consider the twoplus Fertility Applicator. This conception tool was made for the sole purpose of ICI and might even boost your chances of conceiving. Did you know that it’s easy to use single-handedly as well? And yes, it does come with a cup for your convenience and detailed instructions too.

Remember, avoid giving in to the temptation to reuse a turkey baster that was part of the preparation for your Thanksgiving centrepiece. It’s unsafe, unhygienic, and your partner won’t be feeling thankful at all.

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Sources
[1] Mosie LLC, Turkey Baster Method & Pregnancy: Making A Baby, https://mosiebaby.com/blogs/conception-101/the-turkey-baster-method-101-making-a-baby
[2] MoneySmart, How Much IVF Costs In Singapore: IVF Treatment & Procedures (2022), https://blog.moneysmart.sg/family/ivf-singapore-cost-process-subsidies/
[3] Dotdash Meredith, Artificial Insemination: Procedures, Costs, And Success Rates, https://www.parents.com/getting-pregnant/infertility/treatments/artificial-insemination-procedures-costs-and-success-rates/