One woman’s quest to make artificial insemination more intimate

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Stephanie Berman always thought that starting a family would be easy. True, being a lesbian threw some complications into the mix, but her years of work with Sepal Reproductive International meant she was familiar with the world of assisted reproduction. However, Berman quickly discovered that her available options as a consumer left something to be desired. Physician-assisted intrauterine insemination (IUI) costs anywhere from $500 to $1500 per attempt, a rather steep price for a procedure with a success rate that maxes out at around 20 percent. At-home insemination is cheaper, but using a syringe or turkey baster to initiate conception wasn’t quite the intimate, romantic experience Berman wanted to begin a new life with.

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