As its name suggests, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is similar to a standard IVF procedure but involves a scientist injecting a single sperm directly into a mature egg to achieve fertilisation. After fertilisation, the embryo is transferred to the uterus.
ICSI is the preferred method of treating severe male infertility caused by such factors as a low sperm count, or sperm that is lacking in motility (movement) or morphology (shape). Our highly skilled team of scientists work together to use your partner’s better-quality, more mature sperm to maximise your chances of achieving a pregnancy.
ICSI-IVF is recommended for couples who have had poor or no fertilisation during standard IVF, as well as men who have:
- Poor sperm morphology (abnormally shaped sperm).
- Poor sperm motility (slow moving).
- A low sperm count.
- An obstruction such as a vasectomy, which prevents sperm release.
- Antisperm antibodies (antibodies that are produced by the man’s body and may inhibit sperm function).
- A vasectomy reversal that was unsuccessful or resulted in a low sperm count or poor-quality sperm.
For more information, please download our ICSI Fact Sheet below.
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