Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
The Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is very effective in case a couple is dealing with male infertility. In this procedure, female partner’s eggs are preserved in lab while sperm from male partner are collected and then sorted for healthy sperm. The extracted healthy sperm is then injected directly into the eggs (which were preserved in the lab) and then the embryo is placed in female partner’s uterus for a healthy pregnancy.
When to opt for ICSI?
- The inability of sperm to penetrate the egg
- Previously failed IVF cycles
- Ejaculatory dysfunction caused by retrograde ejaculation
- Testicular cancer patients who have had semen sample frozen before treatment
- Low sperm count
- Poor sperm motility or morphology
- A complete absence of sperm
- Blockage or irreversible vasectomy
ICSI is conducted in case of male infertility where the female partner is fully fertile and can conceive easily. The success rate depends on the quality of sperm. ICSI procedure sometimes is also combined with IVF for better results. The success of the procedure also depends on factors like technique used, patient’s health, equipment in the lab among others.