Infertility > IVF > ICSI
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
for Male Factor Infertility
ICSI is indicated when there are not enough normal, motile sperm for intrauterine insemination or standard IVF. It is also used frequently when there are poor fertilization results in previous IVF cycles. It is a micromanipulation technique originally developed in Belgium. By using a powerful microscope we are able to isolate a single sperm, aspirate it into an extremely thin glass pipette and inject it into a single egg. This technique does not require large numbers of motile sperm and bypasses the need for the sperm to penetrate the egg by itself. With the help of ICSI, fertilization is achieved and embryos that continue to divide are ready for transfer into the uterus in several days. No increase in congenital anomalies (birth defects) have thus far been observed with ICSI.