Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
Who Should Consider Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection?
How Is Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection Performed?
Ovulation Stimulation: To increase the benefits of a successful IVF and ICSI procedure, the woman is prescribed fertility medication to stimulate ovulation in order to retrieve multiple eggs.
Egg Retrieval: Once the eggs are ready, they are carefully removed from the ovaries via a minor surgical procedure.
Sperm Retrieval: Sperm is retrieved through normal donation for men with low sperm count and motility. For more severe infertility cases, extraction can take place with a minor surgical procedure, such as testicular sperm extraction (TESE).
Fertilization and Observation: Once the egg and sperm have been successfully retrieved, a small hollow needle is used to inject a single sperm into an egg. The fertilized egg is then monitored for healthy growth and development, typically confirmed within three to six days.
Embryo Transfer: If normal growth is confirmed, one or two of the embryos are implanted into the woman’s uterus with a small catheter through one of a variety of procedures, including natural IVF or mini IVF.
For men who have an abnormally low sperm count or sperm motility issues, this procedure can enable conception that would otherwise be impossible.