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What is ICSI?

ICSI is a procedure in which a single sperm is injected into the egg. In this procedure, the female partner undergoes ovarian stimulation with the help of fertility medication for follicle growth and egg development. These eggs are then collected under ultrasound guidance. The semen sample is prepared by centrifugation, which isolates good quality live sperms. The ICSI procedure is then conducted by injection of a single live sperm into the egg.

When is ICSI considered?

ICSI is used cases of male factor infertility especially when the male partner has an abnormal semen analysis. Other conditions where ICSI may be used are:

  • Previous poor fertilization with IVF
  • Variable sperm counts
  • Unexplained infertility

Risks involved in the ICSI procedure:

There is a small chance of egg damage during an ICSI procedure due to needle insertion.

Are there differences in embryo quality or pregnancy rates between ICSI and non-ICSI embryos?

There is no difference between embryo quality or success rates of ICSI vs. Non-ICSI embryos.