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New Fertility Technologies - What is Spindle ICSI?

Egg and sperm health are key to the success of fertility treatment.  Poor quality eggs and sperm often lead to chromosomal issues that are detrimental to the egg’s health and can lead to pregnancy loss.  The introduction of spindle ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) can provide insight into egg health and ultimately improve fertilization and pregnancy levels.

Egg Spindle

A healthy egg will have a spindle, a component that helps to assure the cells of the resulting embryo divide and align correctly. Eggs that do not have a spindle are often of a low quality, having low fertility rates and a higher rate of pregnancy loss.  Therefore, it is Important to identify which eggs do not have a spindle as those eggs should not be used during treatment.  Additionally, the location of the spindle is important for the ICSI process.  If the sperm is injected into the wrong area, the spindle may be damaged, making the egg unsuitable for IVF treatment.

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ICSI, or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, is the process of injecting a single sperm into an egg in order for fertilization to occur. The process can directly address male fertility issues where the chance of fertilization is low.  Additionally, the process may be used to address low fertility rates even if there is not a known male factor. 

Spindle ICSI is a new technology that allows scientists to view an egg, including the location of the spindle.  Previously, this process of identifying the spindle would not have been possible without destroying the egg. Spindle ICSI allows researchers to ensure that the sperm is injected into the correct place in the egg to avoid damage.  Additionally, embryo quality is improved because eggs without spindles can be removed from the fertility treatment process.

Advancements in fertility medicine occur every day.  Through research, dedication to clinical excellence, and personal attention, the team at New Hope Fertility Center is able to provide fertility care with high success rates.  For additional information on ICSI and ways of improving fertility, contact New Hope today.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank you.




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