Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
What Is ICSI?
ICSI or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection is a different, more sophisticated form of IVF where the scientist injects a single sperm into the egg to assist fertilisation. This technique is an excellent treatment if the sperm is of poor quality. In cases of extreme male infertility, sperm may need to be surgically retrieved from the testes (TESE) for use in the ICSI process.
How ICSI Works:
The ovaries are stimulated to produce several eggs. However, instead of simply mixing the sperm and the eggs together as with IVF, an embryologist will inject a sperm into each egg using a special microscope. As ICSI uses a more sophisticated method than IVF the cost of ICSI is slightly more than that of traditional IVF.
Who Needs ICSI?
This technique allows patients the opportunity of having a family where conventional IVF would not have worked. ICSI is recommended when the sperm count is particularly low, has poor structure or with low motility. It is also used in cases where conventional IVF has shown a very low fertilisation rate.
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To find out if ICSI can help you conceive, please contact us or book an appointment with a Rotunda IVF fertility specialist.