Intra cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

ICSI treatment is quite similar to IVF. 

The only difference is the way the egg is fertilised. Rather than putting the sperm and egg together in a petri dish, in intra cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment we inject a single sperm directly into the egg, which can improve the chance of fertilisation if you or your partner have a low quality sperm.    

Could ICSI be right for me?

We might recommend ICSI instead of conventional IVF if:

  • The quantity or quality of your sperm is unsuitable for conventional IVF treatment

  • Your sperm has been collected surgically

  • You’ve had low fertilisation with IVF treatment previously, or haven’t been able to fertilise at all

  • The egg you’re using was previously frozen.
ICSI treatment is quite similar to IVF.

What does the ICSI procedure involve?

During the ICSI procedure we inject a single sperm directly into the centre of an egg, rather than placing the sperm next around the egg as in IVF.

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, which you can find out more about here.