What is ICSI?
At present, there are basically two methods used for fertilization of ovules obtained during fertility treatment programs: classic in vitro fertilization (IVF) and fertilization by ICSI method. The latter is more efficient.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) comprises administering of a single spermatozoon into an egg cell cytoplasm. Unlike the classic IVF method where eggs and processed sperm are placed in a Petri dish where spermatozoa fertilize egg cells in a way similar to the natural one, the ICSI method implies that each individual egg is fertilized by one specially selected spermatozoon using a micromanipulator. A special needle pierces the egg shell and the embryologist precisely administrates sperm, which greatly increases the chance of a successful conception.
The ICSI technique allows to considerably increase the effectiveness of artificial insemination. The success of the ICSI method itself is furthermore enhanced by the use of laser assisted hatching, which is used in our clinic for each fertilization.
Why we recommend ICSI
ICSI is objectively an improved version of IVF. It can help in situations when in vitro fertilization is impossible or doomed to failure, such as:
- serious types of male infertility, including azoospermia, retrograde ejaculation;
- use of frozen and/or donor sperm.
The Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine encourages ICSI, including but not limited to the following:
- women of advanced maternal age;
- in case of failure, poor result or anomalies of IVF;
- in case of the egg cell structure pathology;
- in case of infertility of unknown origin.
Taking into account our experience, PARENS UKRAINE fertility specialists recommend ICSI method.
Additional details on our partner’s website: https://parensfertility.com/