Cervical Cap Insemination
Definition - What does Cervical Cap Insemination mean?
Cervical cap insemination is an at-home insemination technique that involves inserting a cap full of semen into the vagina onto the cervix. This protects the semen from leaking back into the vagina and is thought to improve the chance that the sperm will pass through the cervix and fertilize an egg.
FertilitySmarts explains Cervical Cap Insemination
To use a cervical cap, semen is collected and placed into the cap. The cap is then inserted into the vagina and placed onto the cervical opening (cervical os). This allows for a concentration of sperm cells around the opening to the cervix and enables the sperm to come into contact with the cervical mucus. It also prevents semen from leaking out and protects sperm cells from the acidic vaginal environment.
This process results in a higher likelihood that sperm will be able to penetrate the cervix and fertilize an egg in the uterus. The advantages of this method include that it is relatively inexpensive and can be done at home.