Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is an IVF procedure usually used in cases of male infertility. In this process, a single sperm is injected directly into the egg. In conventional IVF, the eggs and sperm are mixed in a container and fertilization then happens naturally. In this scenario, thousands of sperms attempt to fertilize a single egg.
If in the number of healthy sperms are limited or if there are other factors that prevent conventional IVF procedure, then ICSI may be used.
In ICSI, a single sperm is collected using a hollow needle and then it is inserted into a single egg held in a pipette. The ability of the sperm to penetrate the egg is unimportant as this has been assisted by the ICSI technique. One then waits for fertilization to take place naturally. The fertilized egg is then transferred to the womb.
This procedure is suitable in situations where the failure to conceive is primarily due to male infertility factors. These include low sperm counts, poor movement of sperms, poor sperm quality, or the lack of the ability of the sperm to penetrate the egg. This procedure is also suitable for those who suffer from azoospermia or the condition in which sperms are not present in the male’s ejaculation.
The ICSI procedure involves the following steps:
The follow-up IVF procedure can be emotionally and physically demanding for the mother. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis and by itself is least demanding.
There is a risk of imprinting defects in babies born through this procedure. Imprinting defect refers to gene’s functioning differently depending on whether they were passed on by the father or the mother, however the evidence so far shows that the absolute risk is small. Apart from this is the usual risk associated with the follow-up IVF procedure.
Aspire Fertility Centre is equipped with the world-class surgical and therapeutic equipment to ensure successful implementation of the ICSI procedure to ensure favorable results for our patients. Our highly qualified doctors and skilled medical personnel will implement the ICSI procedure and ensure optimum possible outcomes for you.