The infertility treatment process can be difficult. Not being able to become pregnant can be heartbreaking. Understandably, not being able to conceive without the assistance of a fertility specialist can be frustrating. Fertility treatment, especially IVF, can take a toll on a couple’s bank account as well as their physical and emotional health. Failed cycle after failed cycle can leave patients feeling helpless and hopeless. The ICSI procedure can help restore hope in patients that have experienced the disappointment of a failed IVF attempt. Patients that have experienced poor fertilization with IVF may find success with ICSI. At the Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Lubbock, Dr. Janelle Dorsett also recommends ICSI to couples suffering from unexplained infertility and severe male factor infertility.
It is common for the ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) procedure to be used during IVF. The ICSI procedure involves injecting an individual sperm directly into the cytoplasm (center) of the egg. The purpose of the ICSI procedure is to encourage the fertilization of the egg. The egg will be observed by an embryologist to confirm that fertilization has taken place. Fertilization should occur within a day of undergoing the ICSI procedure in cases where the sperm injection has been successful. The next step is the embryo transfer. It is typically recommended that one or two embryos be transferred.
Is ICSI Right for Me?
Many couples with severe male factor infertility choose IVF with ICSI. The ICSI procedure makes fertilization possible in cases where it was impossible in the past. Patients that have experienced little to no fertilization with IVF may benefit from IVF with ICSI. It is becoming more and more common for ICSI to be recommended to patients with and without male factor infertility. In fact, some fertility clinics recommend the ICSI procedure to the majority of patients undergoing IVF, even in patients that are not affected by male factor infertility.
The ICSI procedure has been especially beneficial for couples suffering from male factor infertility. Poor sperm morphology, poor sperm motility, and low sperm count, among other sperm issues can be addressed by the ICSI procedure. As long as sperm can be obtained through ejaculation or through a medical procedure, the possibility of fertilization taking place with ICSI is high.
The fertilization rate with the ICSI procedure is quite high. Approximately 70 to 85 percent of the eggs injected in ICSI achieve fertilization. While fertilization is required to achieve pregnancy, it does not guarantee a patient will become pregnant. Because of the high fertilization rate with ICSI, many patients choose the procedure even when there are no male factor infertility issues present. The ICSI procedure can be especially beneficial for patients with failed fertilization or poor fertilization with IVF.
Collection of Sperm
Collecting sperm for the ICSI procedure can sometimes be a difficult task. One of the obstacles facing many couples is the absence of sperm within the ejaculate. Without sperm, conception is impossible. Sperm may be collected from the testicles or directly from the epididymis. Because only a single sperm is used for fertilization with the ICSI procedure, couples experiencing problems with sperm production, delivery, mobility, and quality can still achieve a successful outcome.
Contact the Centre for Reproductive Medicine
The ICSI procedure can revitalize hope in patients experiencing male factor infertility and other fertility problems. If you would like to learn more about the ICSI procedure and how it may benefit you, please contact the Centre for Reproductive Medicine today.