ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection)
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, more commonly known as ICSI, is a technique that involves the injection of a single sperm into an egg. For couples with severe male factor infertility or couples with prior In Vitro Fertilization attempts in which failure to fertilize occurred, ICSI has proved to be successful. In cases where the sperm must be taken directly from the testes, ICSI will be used to achieve fertilization. The procedure involves the processing of sperm from a semen specimen or testicular biopsy. A single live sperm is then injected directly into egg with a glass needle. The fertilization and pregnancy rates are comparable to those seen with IVF couples with no male factor infertility problems.