Posted by Dr. Malti Shah on Tuesday, 1st September 2015Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can be used as part of an in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment to help you and your spouse to conceive a child. ICSI is the most successful form of treatment for men who are infertile and is used in nearly half of all IVF treatments.
ICSI is primarily indicated for men with male factor infertility: The important thing for most couples is to realize that the sperm actually do play a very significant role in the fertility process.If someone has an abnormal semen analysis; the recommendations are that the man should get evaluated before they undergo any sort of fertility treatments. Both parties have to improve their health, especially if there are parameters that show there was a sperm quality issue.
Find out what ICSI is, who the best candidates are, and what you should consider before opting for treatment.
What is ICSI?
Unlike conventional fertilization, whereapproximately 30,000 sperm are dropped onto the egg in a Petri dish, during ICSI, a single sperm is injected into the egg in order to improve the chances of fertilization.It has allowed many couples to have children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to have one.ICSI is primarily indicated for men with male factor infertility.
When it comes to infertility, most people immediately think about in-vitro fertilization (IVF), but there’s a lesser-known fertility treatment that is used along with IVF. It’s called ICSI (pronounced ik-see) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection.
Although ICSI has been around since the early 1990s, it’s increasingly being used to help couples struggling with infertility. As with any new technology, some experts have concern about its overuse as well as how it may affect the health of the babies born to it?
An Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a form of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) which is used to treat severe cases of male factor infertility. This procedure involves the injection of a single sperm directly into a mature egg,making it different from conventional IVF wherein fertilization takes place by placing many sperm near an egg in a dish.
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Male factor infertility problems include low sperm count and issues withmotility (movement), or morphology (shape) of the sperm. Men may also use ICSI if they don’t have sperm in their ejaculate either because of a production problem or a blockage. Their sperm would then be extracted from the testicle. ICSI can also help men who had a vasectomy or who were born without a vas deferens.
What are the advantages of ICSI?
• ICSI may give you and your spouse a chance of conceiving your genetic child when other options are closed to you.
• If your spouse is too anxious to ejaculate on the day of egg collection for standard IVF, sperm can instead be extracted for ICSI.
• ICSI can also be used to help couples with unexplained infertility, though experts haven't found that ICSI makes pregnancy any more likely than standard IVF.
• ICSI is also used when couples opt for pre-implantation genetic testing (PGD), which screens embryos for chromosomal abnormalities or genetic conditions.
• ICSI can also help couples that attempted IVF but had what’s known as “failed fertilization or Failed IVF"
Is ICSI the answer for all male fertility problems?
ICSI isn't the solution to every male fertility problem. If your spouse has a low sperm count as a result of a genetic problem, this could be passed on to any sons you have together. Your doctor will usually recommend that your spousehas a blood test before you start the ICSI cycle.
You and your spouse may find should be offered IVF ICSI counselling before and after taking the test, to help you through both the decision and the process. Your doctor could to refer you to a fertility counsellor.
How long does ICSI treatment last?
One cycle of ICSI takes between four weeks and six weeks to complete.
Its known now that success rates for ICSI are similar to IVF alone. When looking at ICSI for male factor infertility, the percentage of cycles that resulted in a live birth were about the same as those cycles who didn’t use ICSI and had no diagnosis of male factor infertility.ICSI overcomes many sperm problems but it doesn’t overcome all problems.
The first step ICSI Treatment
The first step is usually the hardest - making that initial call. But remember, you are not alone; simply phone us in the strictest confidence and one of our friendly team will help guide you through the options open to you.
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