What is ICSI?
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is an In Vitro Fertilization procedure in which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg in order to achieve fertilization.
The Process of ICSI
The ICSI procedure is performed by our expert embryologist using multiple specialized micromanipulation devices to enable the best selection of individual sperm through the tiny, hollow ICSI needle. Once loaded with the single sperm, the hollow needle is pierced through the outer shell of the egg and egg membrane and the sperm is injected into the cytoplasm of the egg. After the procedure, the injected oocyte will be placed into cell culture inside an incubator and checked approximately 18 hours later for signs of fertilization.
Good Candiates for ICSI
Here at atlasCARE IVF, we use ICSI in all of our IVF treatments so that we can maximize the number of embryos obtained per case. Combined with fertility expertise, ICSI offers couples significantly higher chances at fertilization.
Sperm can be successfully retrieved from men in almost any situation using advanced IVF techniques. Sperm retrieval continually helps our male fertility patients with a vasectomy, a failed vasectomy reversal, an absence of the vas deferens, or blockages anywhere along the seminal tract to obtain sperm. There are 4 primary sperm retrieval techniques — MESA, PESA, TESE, and MicroTESE which are often used in conjunction with IVF.