Intracytoplasmic sperm injection is when a fertility specialist injects sperm into an egg. The procedure is part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process and helps ensure successful fertilization, pregnancy, and live birth.
During the procedure, sperm is retrieved from the male partner and carefully washed. The cleaning removes potential impurities, and the most viable sperm are selected. The carefully selected sperm is then injected directly into an egg by a fertility specialist in a lab setting before the fertilized egg is placed into an incubator.
Why is intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) performed?
ICSI is part of an IVF when a man has issues with ejaculation, sperm motility, sperm count, and general sperm quality. Male infertility issues are the common reason why ICSI would be considered.
For whom is an Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) given?
Suppose the male partner cannot conceive a child naturally with their partner. ICSI can help couples who are struggling with infertility to start a family.
Ideal candidates for ICSI include:-
- The male partner’s sperm is not reaching the egg.
- A large number of sperm are abnormally shaped. If the sperm aren’t shaped, they cannot reach the egg to fertilize it.
- ICSI helps in premature ejaculation or the inability to get or sustain a normal erection, which could be caused by trauma or diseases such as diabetes.
- Even though the male sperm can get to the egg, but is unable to fertilize it for known/unknown reason
- Men with severe infertility issues, including a low sperm count.
- Men who have sperm motility issues, problems with sperm development
- A blockage that prevents sperm from being ejaculated, such as a vasectomy.
- Men who may not have any of the issues mentioned above may still be candidates for ICSI if the couple did not get success with previous in vitro fertilization attempts.
- Couples who wish to test for certain genetic problems often qualify for ICSI treatment.
- If the male partner is paralyzed or had an irreversible vasectomy, trauma, or injury.
Advantages of Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
- At the outset, the main advantage of an ICSI is that it virtually eliminates male infertility since it injects the sperm directly into the female egg. Various male infertility causes can be resolved.
- Using ICSI, the couple’s male partner can be the child’s biological father. ICSI is also helpful in cases of vasectomy, where special sperm retrieval techniques can be performed to extract viable sperm directly from the testicles and inject it into an egg.
- The combination of ICSI and in vitro fertilization (IVF) on healthy eggs can boost the chances of a successful pregnancy by 25% to 30%, which is not insignificant.
- ICSI can be extremely beneficial when fewer eggs are available, so each one must have the best chance of fertilization.
- ICSI gives sperm to gain access to the egg for fertilization.
- Besides being helpful in male infertility, ICSI may be the treatment of choice for some causes of female infertility.
- Not all advantages are male-related. ICSI is also for women who don’t have many viable eggs because it increases the chances of conception.
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