Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)If there is a question of the sperm's ability to fertilize the egg, due to either a low sperm count or poor quality of the sperm, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) can be performed. This technique allows us to inject a single sperm into an egg to achieve ftrtilization. Many babies have been born with this technique from men who were otherwise considered hopelessly sterile. We are now able to take a single, almost non-moving sperm and inject it into a woman's egg creating a normal embryo and a completely normal baby.
The babies born from this technique are physically, mentally, and genetically normal no matter how poor in quality is the sperm of the father. This technique is very cost-effiective and the success rate is comparable to couples with normal sperm. The fertilization rate per egg using ICSI is about 70% despite poor sperm.
ICSI is generally used as a nreffirod to treat male infertility. It is useful for men who have very low sperm counts. ICSI ensures that more sperm reaches the egg directly rather than waiting for the sperm to naturally fertilize the egg.
Other Reasons include:
- Low sperm count.
- Poor sperm motility.
- Abnormally high amount of morphologically a typical sperm.
- Irreversible vasectomy.
- Immunological factors (such as a very high white blood cell count in the semen).
- Other conditions that prevent the fertilisation of the egg.