Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

What is ICSI?

ICSI is a procedure by which a single sperm is injected directly into the center of an egg to increase the chance of fertilization. The procedure is particularly helpful to couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) who have a reduced chance of fertilization through standard egg insemination procedures.

Who is a candidate for ICSI?

Couples who have been diagnosed with male factor infertility are excellent candidates for ICSI. Many of these couples have used Therapeutic Donor Insemination in the past. ICSI provides the opportunity to conceive their own biological offspring.

There are many other reasons to consider ICSI, such as failed fertilization in previous IVF treatments. We will discuss ICSI with you if we believe that it may be beneficial. Please feel free to ask to discuss ICSI if you think that it is relevant to your treatment.

What risks are associated with ICSI?

Since ICSI is a fairly new procedure there may be risks to the fetus and/or mother that have not yet been identified. To date there is no evidence to suggest that babies born as a result of this procedure have any higher risk of birth defects than those conceived through intercourse.