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Popping the insem cherry.

Posted in Insem stories, Share your Experience by Dresden on May 19, 2007

My very first insem…seems like it was two hundred years ago. It was, however, two long years ago. I recently pulled out the journal that I had started at the very beginning of this process to become a Mother. I was all moon-eyed and hopeful back then. I wrote most of the entries as if they would be gifted to my future offspring. Once I reached my 7th IUI the rose colored glasses came off and I stopped writing in the journal and unleashed all of my “creative energy” into my writing in my blog.

But I kind of miss that hopeful gal: the woman that planned what she would wear the night before her insems and found meaning in every single song that played on the radio on the way to the clinic.

In the comments section please share your own 1st insem story. Or, if you have a blog, feel free to post a link to where you write about it. Other topics such as picking a donor, cycles on clomid, the 1st failed cycle, having an HSG exam will be discussed soon.


April 30, 2005

I’m in the lobby of the clinic. Any moment now I will get called back. I am trying to be calm & positive. I just can’t articulate how excited I am that today could be the very beginning of you!

It’s a Saturday and the clinic is quiet and empty. It feels like I am going to school on a weekend: familiar, but weird. There were two other women in the lobby when I first got here. My turn should be next. Your Grandmother is with me and she keeps rubbing and scratching my back. I am SO nervous.


The procedure (it sounds so clinical to call it that, we will have to come up with another name) was just like having a medical exam. I rested on crisp, white paper on an exam table. A pink, cotton sheet covered my legs and Dr. D____ shined a light so she could see what she was doing. Before she began she showed me a tube of sperm. I had to sign my name to verify that it was the one I picked for you. Dr. D____ let me hold the tube in my hands to warm it. I wanted to speak to the little sperm inside the tube,wish them a safe and successful journey.

Dr. D_____ collected the tube back from me and drew up the contents into a syringe. She connected the syringe to a thin, long straw. She then threaded the straw inside of me and when she reached the right spot she pushed the syringe plunger and released the sperm inside of me.

I could feel my cheeks flush with excitement. How marvelous that you are being made right now!


So how about you. What was your first insem like?


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  1. the_road_less_travelled said, on May 19, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    This is a great idea. What was my first insem like? Well for starters I didn’t think it was going to work, because stuff like that doesn’t happen to me. I was late for my appointment and drove like a bat out of hell to get there. My heart was pounding and I was terrified. The receptionist screwed up and I ended up sitting there for about two hours till the nurse walked by and saw me. I kept thinking by the time I get in the stirrups my egg will have probably skidded out of my tubes. I remember laying on the table, legs up, staring at the ceiling thinking, I can’t believe this is the way I’m going to have a baby. Come to think of it, at that moment I felt kind of lonely and a little sad.

  2. Bri said, on May 20, 2007 at 10:48 am

    I didn’t describe my first IUI in detail so I can’t point to one post, but I am linking to the month of May, which was entirely taken up with obsessing of the MOST embarrassingly optimistic sort, complete with pictures of reproduction and my infamous egg and sperm cutouts to figure out how timing works. Oy.

  3. Co said, on May 20, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    Our first insem was our only insem with fresh sperm, using KD-barely-in-the-country… the KD who was great and a relative of Lo’s, but who lives far away so he wasn’t a long-term possibility for us. There was just this one time, our very first insem, when the timing seemed like it might work out to use him.

    The link above is a description. We had a lot of fun, even though in the end we learned our timing was off (damn delayed ovulation!) and there was little hope it could’ve worked. Still, it was fun sneaking around a wedding with KD’s sperm and embarking on our first TWW.

  4. veeandjay said, on May 20, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    I was going to post the first one, but the second try was funnier –
    I remember being really excited the first time. A voice in my head was screaming, “Oh my god you might have just made a baby!!” It doesn’t scream so much any more. I remember too, a couple of days later, being really scared that it might actually have worked and I wasn’t ready.

  5. Melody said, on May 21, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    OMG. It’s embarrassing how naive I was. After a year of inseminations, I’ve never gone back until this morning to look back at that first post:

    It makes me sad. I miss the hope, too, though I do remember being almost relieved at finding out that it hadn’t worked. The reality of having a baby hadn’t really sunk in by then. After all we’ve been through now, I think when it finally happens I’ll probably do a little cheer for every bout of morning sickness, every poopy diaper, and every 3AM breastfeeding.

  6. nycphoenix said, on May 24, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    First insemination was an unmedicated IUI in my first RE’s office in August 2004 (cringe). She was ancient and shorter than me and I found out later she was part of a major IVF drama here in NY. I verified the sperm inforamation, assumed the position and held my breath. RE called Mikey down to the business end and gave her a tour of my girly bits with a verbal play by play for me and let Mikey push the syringe.

    She left us alone where we both cried and prayed and kissed for ten minutes and went home. Ahh to be so young again!

    But I think my KD at home inseminations make for better reading, especially this one:

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