What is intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a laboratory procedure used to fertilize the egg with sperm in cases of infertility.

What is obstructive azoospermia?

Azoospermia is termed when there is no sperms are found in semen analysis. Azoospermia due to a blockage in the male reproductive tract may keep sperm from getting out.

Why ICSI is needed?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) helps to overcome fertility problems. ICSI can achieve fertilisation in patients regardless of the condition of the sperm.

How intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is done?

In the ICSI process, a tiny needle, called a micropipette, is used to inject a single sperm into the centre of the egg. Fertilisation achieved through ICSI can be up to 80-90% of cases.

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How intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) helps female infertility?

Sometimes the sperm cannot penetrate the oocyte due to thick outer layer of egg  In these cases intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can be done to fertilise the egg inside the laboratory.

How intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) helps cancer patients?

Patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer can freeze their eggs for future fertility. ICSI is necessary where frozen eggs are used for fertilisation.

Can intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) help in unexplained infertility?

The sperm may have trouble attaching to the egg in unexplained infertility. Intra cytoplasmic sperm injection overcomes this.

What are the male fertility problems where intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is needed?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is done for male  infertility cases like azoospermia, asthenospermia, teratospermia and oligospermia.

Can intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) help blocked tubes?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can be advised to patients with tubal block and borderline sperm parameters.

Can intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) help PCOD?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is done in PCOD patients where the thick covering of egg doesn’t allow sperm to penetrate.

What is the advantages of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) over IVF?

Traditional IVF fails to create embryos in some patients. ICSI can achieve fertilization in such patients regardless of the condition of the sperm.

Does intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) work for all?

ICSI fertilizes up to 80% of eggs. Once fertilization takes place, a couple’s chance of achieving pregnancy is same for IVF and ICSI.

Can intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) be advised with donor sperms?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) yields more number of embryos. Hence it is advised even though done with donor sperms.

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Can ICSI affect a baby’s development?

The chance of birth defects associated with ICSI is similar to IVF, but slightly higher than in natural conception.

What are the special conditions where intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is needed?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is an essential procedure with PESA/TESA, PGD, IMSI, IVM and Cryopreserved oocytes.

What special care is required in intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) procedure?

During Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) eggs may be damaged. Hence it is advisable to take help of an expert embryology department.

Can you have twins with ICSI?

Couples that use ICSI have about a 25 to 30 percent chance for twins

Does intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) guarantee fertilisation?

ICSI does not guarantee that fertilisation will occur as the normal events of fertilisation still depends on the individual once the sperm has been placed in the egg.

Can intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) be done with frozen sperms?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can be used in cases of frozen sperms to fertilize the egg in cases of male sexual dysfunction.

What is live birth rate with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can achieve a live birth rate of up to 40 %.

What is are the causes of low success in intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)?

Factors such as poor sperm / egg quality, advanced maternal age and suboptimal culture conditions of the laboratory may result in lower rates of success.

Where intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can be advised?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can be done for tubal factor, uterine factor, premature ovarian failure, ovulatory dysfunction, endometriosis, diminished ovarian reserve, male infertility and unexplained infertility.

 

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Are there any complications with ICSI?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may increase the chances of multiple pregnancy and birth defects.

Why intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) needs expert embryologists?

In ICSI procedure the sperm has to be individually selected and immobilized with the help of an advanced micromanipulation station. Hence it requires expert hands.

How intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is useful for blastocyst culture?

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) yields more embryos with better quality. Hence it is useful in blastocyst culture.

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