INTRA CYTOPLASMIC SPERM INJECTION (ICSI)
What is ICSI?
Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection ( ICSI ) involves injecting a single sperm directly into an egg in order to fertilize it. The fertilized egg (embryo) is then transferred to the woman’s womb just like regular IVF.
When is ICSI Recommended?
ICSI is often recommended to Couples who have had poor or no fertilization during a standard IVF, as well as Couples where Male Partner has:
- a very low sperm count
- a high percentage of abnormally shaped sperm. This can result in poor motility, which means the sperm can’t swim well.
- had a vasectomy and sperm have been collected from the testicles or epididymis (sperm reservoir)
- the male partner does not ejaculate any sperm but sperm have been collected from the testicles
- the male partner has had problems obtaining an erection and ejaculating. This includes men with spinal cord injuries, diabetes and other disorders.
- a vasectomy reversal that was unsuccessful or resulted in a very low sperm count or very poor quality sperm