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Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

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ICSI is recommended as part of the IVF procedure to treat the many causes of infertility, mainly when the issue is with the sperm count or low mobility. ICSI is when the embryologist injects a single sperm into each egg's cytoplasm (center). Over the next few days, the embryologist will monitor the egg. If it fertilizes and matures properly, it will be transferred into your uterus. If the sperm cannot penetrate the egg or is abnormally shaped, ICSI is quite helpful.

How is ICSI performed?

During the IVF cycle, fertility medication is used to produce multiple eggs in your ovaries. When your follicles (egg sacs) are mature, the provider will remove the eggs from your ovaries. Mild, intravenous sedation is used for most patients. Your partner will be asked to provide a sample of semen collected by masturbation in the andrology laboratory. The sperm is evaluated, and the healthiest sperm are selected for the ICSI procedure. ICSI is done in the embryology lab after the eggs and sperm are collected. You will be advised of the fertilization results the next day.


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