ICSI, introduced in the 1990’s, revolutionized the treatment of male infertility. Prior to ICSI, the only option for couples with moderate to severe male infertility was to use a sperm donor. ICSI is a very delicate procedure, conducted during an IVF cycle, in which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg. The egg is held in place by a micromanipulator while the sperm is injected using a microscopic “needle”. The sperm can be obtained from an ejaculate, directly from the testicles (TESA), or from the male reproductive tract (MESA). The sperm insertion does not damage the egg.
ICSI allows men with no sperm in their ejaculate to produce genetically related children. Even men with severe spinal cord injuries can father children using ICSI. ICSI is also used in case of advanced female age, cases of failed fertilization, and other circumstance where deemed appropriate by the fertility specialist.
Our embryologist has years of clinical experience successfully performing ICSI. Our laboratory consistently produces very high fertilization rates using ICSI.