Conceptions was born of a desire to offer holistic, family-centered care to people wishing to create or expand their families. We had long believed that people birthed better at home or in familiar, home-like surroundings, and thought that the same must be true for conceiving.

We specialize in working with the LGBTQ community, though we are glad to serve anyone who is planning to conceive using alternative methods. We have worked with: queer, lesbian, transgender, gay, heterosexual, polyamorous, single women, older women, co-parents, group, bisexual and many others. We are culturally sensitive and provide individualized care surrounding your fertility and conception.

What We Offer

At Conceptions, we offer a wide range of holistic fertility services. This includes:

  • Preconception Counseling
  • Fertility Chart Review
  • Counseling on enhancing fertility
  • Intracervical Inseminations (ICIs)
  • Intrauterine Inseminations (IUIs)
  • Well-woman exams
  • Pap smears
  • Physical exams
  • Queer Family Childbirth Education
  • Miscarriage support
  • Referrals to Community Resources
  • Option of continuing Prenatal Care and Birth with Alma

Conceptions FAQ

We accept checks, Visa, MasterCard and cash. Payment is due at the time of service.

Insurance usually does not pay for inseminations, though we can bill your insurance company for an office visit which they may cover. Many insurance companies only allow one well-woman gynecological visit yearly, so they may only cover that.

You should order specimens that have been washed and are IUI-ready.

Your plan should be specific to you and your circumstances. However, we do not recommend doing only one insemination per cycle if you are using frozen sperm, since it lives 24 hours or less. We recommend doing at least two inseminations (two vaginal, one vaginal and one IUI, or two IUI) in order to cover the entire ovulation window. We find that women get pregnant faster this way.

Some women ovulate soon after their surge is detected and others not for 36 hours or more. For best timing, OPK results should be interpreted in conjunction with your other fertility signs. Ask your fertility specialist to review your charts if you are unsure. We do advise that you test more than once a day with an OPK when you are approaching your expected ovulation. If you test at least twice a day, you will have a much clearer idea of when the LH surge actually begins and you’ll be better able to plan ahead.

Statistics demonstrate an approximate conception rate of 8% when one IUI is performed per cycle or 13-16% when two IUIs are performed per cycle.

Yes, we love to involve partners to everyone’s comfort level. Partners often like to depress the plunger of the syringe to deposit the sperm into the uterus. Please let us know how you would like to participate.

An IUI feels much like a PAP smear. A speculum is used to visualize the cervix and a narrow, flexible catheter is threaded through its opening (cervical os) to the top of the uterus, where the washed sperm is deposited, thereby ensuring that millions of motile sperm can reach the fallopian tube to potentially fertilize an egg. You may experience slight discomfort, and mild cramping is not uncommon, but the insemination should not be painful. We use a gentle technique and we work slowly and patiently with your feedback to make the insemination as comfortable as possible for you.

No, you should wait until we arrive, as there can be unpredictable factors such as traffic delays or previous appointments running long that may cause us to be late for your appointment. If we are running late, we will let you know. And if you are running late, please let us know.

ICIs can be done at home, using a syringe to insert the sperm into the vagina. IUIs require sterile technique, and a special catheter to insert the sperm into the uterus. We can do the insemination in our office or in your home. We can also teach someone (usually your partner) to do IUI inseminations at home, using kits that we put together.

Regular (also known as raw, or ICI) samples are intended for vaginal insemination. IUI-ready or washed samples have been processed before freezing so they can be used for intrauterine insemination. IUI’s must be performed using sterile technique (either in our office or in your home), because a catheter is inserted into the uterus. IUIs usually have a higher pregnancy success rate, up to double that of ICIs.

When using an anonymous donor, the sperm goes through a facility that cleans and processes it, as well as screens it for diseases. Fresh sperm is obtained from a known donor, so a relationship of trust should exist between the donor and the family to ensure it is free from disease.

The use of alternative insemination has allowed couples or single women who would otherwise be unable to conceive to make the choice to become parents. Many women/couples find alternative insemination to be relatively inexpensive compared to other options like in vitro fertilization or adoption. The legalities of going through alternative insemination may be less challenging as well. Sometimes, men have histories that prevent them from being able to use their own sperm, such as testicular cancer, other fertility-impairing conditions, or other trauma. Using donor sperm can help families experience pregnancy and birth when they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

Alternative insemination (also known as donor insemination, artificial insemination, or artificial fertilization) is a process where semen is inserted into a woman’s vagina or uterus to conceive a baby. The term “artificial” is no longer being used because of its negative connotation.

Our fees are as follows:

  • Fertility and Conception Classes for LGBTQ Families and Single Mothers by Choice:$75
  • Fertility and Conception Consultation (90 minutes):$125
  • Insemination Planning Appointment (60 minutes):$75
  • First insemination per cycle:$250
  • Second insemination per cycle:$225
  • Home insemination surcharge:$50
  • Weekend/ off-hours surcharge:$50