ADVANCED FERTILITY CARE
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
The process of using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) typically involves the same steps as traditional IVF, however, at insemination only a single sperm is injected into the egg with a needle by a highly trained embryologist.
If you and your partner are struggling to conceive, ICSI may be an additional option that may be considered and utilized by your physician. Talk to your fertility specialist to learn more about the procedure and whether it is an appropriate option for you.
What is ICSI?
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a specialized form of in vitro fertilization (IVF) that involves injecting a single sperm directly into an egg. This technique is used to treat infertility caused by problems with sperm, such as low sperm count, poor sperm motility, and severely abnormal sperm shape (morphology).
How does ICSI work?
ICSI is performed in a laboratory, using a microscope and a very fine needle to carefully inject the sperm into the egg. The eggs are then fertilized and resulting embryo grown in a special culture medium until they reach the appropriate stage of development, at which point they are transferred to the woman's uterus.
ICSI Success Rates
ICSI has a higher success rate than traditional IVF and is often used when other fertility treatments have led to suboptimal or failed fertilization. It is also used when there is a risk of genetic defects in the sperm, when there is a blockage in the man's reproductive tract, or when the man has had a vasectomy. Learn more about who benefits from ICSI.
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Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) FAQ
How is ICSI performed?
ICSI is performed during in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. The procedure begins with the collection of a sperm sample from the male partner. Then, the eggs are collected from the female partner and are placed in a dish containing a culture medium. The sperm is then selected and injected directly into the egg using a fine glass needle.
What are the success rates of ICSI?
The fertilization success rates using ICSI vary depending on factors such as the age of the couple, the cause of infertility, and the quality of the sperm and eggs. In general, the successful fertilization rate per ICSI cycle is around 80 percent.
Who is a good candidate for ICSI?
ICSI is often recommended for couples where the male partner has a low sperm count or poor sperm motility, or where fertilization has failed in previous IVF cycles. It may also be used in cases of unexplained infertility or when there is a genetic disorder present that could be passed on to the child.