ICSI can help to overcome certain male infertility problems including:
We might recommend ICSI instead of conventional IVF if:
Even if there are no issues your sperm, your consultant may still recommend ICSI with IVF. ICSI has been proven to help improve success rates for couples that have not been successful with IVF in previous cycles.
During the ICSI procedure we inject a single sperm directly into the centre of an egg. After a few days of development and observation in the lab, we then place the embryo in the womb in exactly the same way as with IVF treatment.
The video shows the process of Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). The egg is held in place while a single sperm is injected into the cytoplasm of the egg using a fine needle.
Fertilisation rates are slightly higher with ICSI compared to IVF because it virtually guarantees that the sperm penetrates the egg. On average, around 75% of eggs fertilise with ICSI. Whilst there is no significant difference in pregnancy rates between ICSI and IVF, where there is a sperm issue we would usually recommend using ICSI.
|Prices are indicative only but include monitoring, egg collection, embryo culture and transfer. Prices do not include drugs or other optional costs - costs typically range from £500–£1,000.|
|Elective freeze of embryos (excluding transfer)||£2,950–£3,700|
|Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)||£1,145–£1,325|