What is ICSI?

  • ICSI is an acronym for intracytoplasmic sperm injection and in fancy way of saying “inject sperm into egg”
  • ICSI is a very effective method to fertilize eggs in the IVF lab after they have been aspirated from the female
    It’s main use is for significant male infertility cases
  • IVF with ICSI involves the use of specialized micromanipulation tools and equipment and inverted microscopes that enable embryologists to select and pick up individual sperm in a specially designed ICSI needle.
  • The needle is carefully advanced through the outer shell of the egg and the egg membrane – and the sperm is injected into the inner part of the egg
  • This usually results in normal fertilization in about 75-85% of eggs injected with sperm.
  • However, first the woman must be stimulated with medications and have an egg retrieval procedure so we can obtain several eggs for In Vitro Fertilization and ICSI