Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
What is ICSI?
ICSI involves directly injecting a single sperm into each egg. This can help improve fertilisation rates for couples who would not be suitable candidates for IVF. You can improve your chances of success with ICSI by first improving the male partner’s sperm quality.
When is ICSI recommended?
ICSI is recommended in cases of male factor infertility (e.g., low sperm count) or when a patient has gone through an IVF cycle which has resulted in low, or no, fertilisation.
What happens during ICSI?
Much of the prep work for ICSI is the same as it is for IVF. The female partner will take stimulatory medications to encourage multiple eggs to grow in her ovaries. Once matured, these eggs will be retrieved during an egg collection procedure.
The difference between IVF and ICSI is the way the eggs are inseminated. During IVF, the prepared eggs and sperm are placed together in a petri dish to allow fertilisation to occur as naturally as possible. During ICSI, a highly trained embryologist will inject a single sperm into each egg to help promote successful fertilisation.
After the eggs have been fertilised, they develop into embryos under the careful watch of the embryology team. When they are ready, the embryo(s) will be placed into the uterus during an embryo transfer procedure. Any additional, good quality, embryos can be frozen for future pregnancy attempts.
How can Fertility Solutions help?
The good news is there’s lots you can do to enhance your fertility before starting a fertility journey. Our expert team is on hand to guide you through the whole journey and help you optimise your reproductive potential. We offer a full satellite service in conjunction with one of the most successful clinics in the UK to give you the greatest odds of success.
Integrated care results in high success rates.
We understand that embarking on any treatment journey is daunting and fertility treatment is no different. The team at Fertility Solutions is here to guide you every step of the way. Our aim is to take the mystery away, help you make sense of the medical information and provide, simple, clear facts about what is possible for you.