If you are diagnosed with male fertility problems, such as a low sperm count or an inability for the sperm to penetrate the egg, conventional IVF is unlikely to result in fertilisation.
This is when Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI treatment) is recommended. ICSI can also be used if the male partner has previously had a vasectomy.
A single sperm is injected into each egg, using very fine micromanipulation equipment. As the human egg is one tenth of a millimetre in diameter and the sperm 100 times smaller, this is a very delicate procedure performed by highly skilled embryologists under a microscope.
We can also use this technique when sperm are not present in the semen, and have to be obtained surgically from the male reproductive tract.
If ICSI seems appropriate for you, we will discuss the procedure with you. If you decide to go ahead, ICSI will be part of your IVF treatment cycle, which you will undergo from start to finish.
Is ICSI successful?
Together with IVF, ICSI is one of the most common techniques used in Assisted Reproductive Technology. Since it was introduced, it has led to the birth of many thousands of babies worldwide.
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