ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection)

ICSI (Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection) is the answer for those couples who have been diagnosed with low sperm count or poor quality sperm.

Similar to IVF Eggs are taken from the woman and fertilized in the clinical setting by inserting a single sperm into each egg. A few days later the embryos are inserted into the uterus requiring no surgery.

This is a remarkably successful ART procedure especially for men with severe male factor infertility or couples who have had failure to fertilize in a previous in vitro fertilization attempt. Even very weak sperm will fertilize a woman's egg if inserted directly.

Like other ART procedures, a woman is given fertility drugs to stimulate her ovaries to over produce eggs. The eggs are removed and incubated. Semen samples undergo washing and centrifuging to retrieve live sperm.

One single live sperm is picked up using a special glass needle. The one sperm is injected directly into the egg.

The fertilized egg is then placed back into the woman's body to take its natural course.

ICSI and other ART procedures are just a few of the potential answers for infertile couples.

Infertile? Get help from Doctors who care.

Christine Strong, NMD

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