Fertility issues affect both men and women. Thankfully, there are a number of procedures addressing both male and female infertility. When there is an issue with the motility of a man’s sperm, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) may be used to assist with fertilization in conjuction with In Vitro Fertilitzation (IVF).
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injections (ICSI)
In order to fertilize an egg, a sperm must have the ability to swim to the egg, then be strong enough to push through and fertilize the egg. When there are motility deficiencies, sperm may be unable to complete find and penetrate the egg. This results in the inablity of a couple to conceive naturally.
ICSI is an ancillary procedure used in conjunction with IVF treatment to aid in fertilization of the egg Once an egg is harvested, it is fertilized by injecting a single sperm directly into the egg. The embryo can then develop in vitro and be transferred into the mother’s uterus.
When is ICSI Used?
ICSI is used to address male fertility issues, such as a low sperm count or sperm that have low motility. In some instances, men produce sperm, but the sperm is not present in the ejaculate. Sperm may be surgically retrieved for fertilization. However, the retrieved sperm often do not have the same motility seen in healthy ejaculate.
Another instance where ICSI may be used is if there will be genetic testing performed on the embryos. Using ICSI ensures that the embryos are not contaminated by other, free floating sperm.
Is ICSI Harmful?
The procedure to do ICSI does not harm the eggs and may be the only way fertilization can occur depending on the nature of the quality of a man's sperm. To ensure that embryos are healthy before they are transferred, ICSI created embryos may be tested for chromosomal abnormalities before they are implanted. This is strongly suggested for those who have a family history of chromosomal disease.
More Information About Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injections (ICSI)
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