ICSI Treatment- Blessing Millions with a Baby

What is ICSI?

ICSI stands for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection and different from In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). This method is a boon for many who suffer from infertility or used in partner with IVF. In the IVF method, the sperm and eggs are collected from the couple. ICSI is a laboratory related process in which a single sperm and directly injected into each egg by a trained person.

Why is it done?

There are many theories is going around why ICSI is done. Consider this scenario. A male suffering from severe cases of infertility, this method is performed for various other reasons;

  • Sperm in a weird shape, known as teratozoospermia in medical terms.
  • If a male lacks the required sperm count, in medical terms oligospermia.
  • If a male’s sperm is not moving fast, called asthenozoospermia in medical terms.
  • When the sperm is recovered through surgically from the epididymis (PESA/MESA), or by electro-ejaculation or through the testes like TESE/ TESA via urine.
  • If a male found with the high amount of antibodies in the semen.
  • If a male has undergone any fertilization program ended in failure such as IVF.

  • How is ICSI done?

    ICSI treatment is done with IVF at times and this method is done in a lab. The person should be aware of the risks connected with the ICSI process. First, the person will be given infertility drugs. The drugs will stimulate the ovaries and the results noted.

    The person has to undergo blood tests, ultrasound tests to check the progress. Once the good eggs or embryos are found, they will be moved with a guided ultrasonic system. Then, the male has to give his sperm sample and the trained professional will inject the sperm into each egg.

    Once the process was over, then general practitioners will check the female if fertilization happened and the condition of eggs or embryos. If the eggs are in healthy condition then doctors will transfer them back to the uterus.

    Get started with ICSI

    Having issues with getting pregnant, first visit the doctor. He will check the medical records and test your health. The doctor may advise you to take some tests or suggest lifestyle changes. He may refer you to a specialist in your area, or a fertility clinic.

    Things to be expected at the fertility clinic

  • In the fertility clinic, the medical records are checked and tests carried out.
  • The tests are simple treatments that can be done, before the option of using the ICSI route.
  • If ICSI option is chosen, then the experts at the fertility clinic will refer you to an appropriate assisted conception unit.

  • Events to unfold at the assisted conception unit

    1. You have to answer the questions from the experts on the social and medical history. The answers hold the key whether you are good enough to deliver a child and on any kids you have.

    2. If required the experts may suggest taking counselling route which is useful at this juncture.

    3. They may put you under screening tests. You will be given a lesson on the process of ICSI.

    4. The embryologist will ask you to give a certain number of sperm samples. They will be put under frozen and stored.

    5. You have to sign a few forms; these include approval to undergo fertility treatment, consent to use and storage of embryos, and approval to disclosure of information.

    ICSI treatment success rates

    You don’t have to worry about the success of ICSI treatment. The chances are 80% and the success depends on the age of the woman. 25% of women get pregnant after getting the second attempt at ICSI.


    The cost of ICSI treatment is within your reach. There are many units closer to serve.

    Risks associated with ICSI

  • Damage to embryos or eggs
  • Leads to twins
  • Carrying twins means more trouble
  • Cesarean operation or premature delivery with low weight
  • Bed rest
  • Very low amniotic fluid levels
  • High blood pressure
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Difficult to breathe due to undeveloped lungs
  • It is very important for you and your partner to consult a doctor. He will tell you the benefits and risks of ICSI, all based on your fertility history.

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