At the Center for Reproductive Medicine, we specialize in the most advanced fertility treatments to help our patients overcome infertility and realize their dreams of growing their family. For some couples, issues with male infertility may be the root of their fertility struggles.
In such cases, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) can be used to improve the chances of conceiving with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Dr. Janelle Dorsette works closely with couples and individuals wishing to start a family to determine if they are ICSI candidates. Contact our Lubbock, TX fertility center to find out if ICSI is right for you.
What Is Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection?
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is an assisted reproductive technology (ART) developed to help treat sperm-related infertility issues and is used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization to improve the likelihood of fertilization.
The Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection Treatment Process
During the initial phase of the intracytoplasmic sperm injection treatment process, sperm is collected. Sperm may be collected via traditional or surgical means. For some patients, sperm is not ejaculated but removed through a minor surgical procedure. A small incision is made in the testicles and a sperm sample is removed.
Around the same time frame, during IVF treatment, the eggs are retrieved from the woman. Once eggs are harvested, a single sperm is injected into a single egg using a tiny glass tube. The eggs are left to culture overnight and checked the following day to see if fertilization has occurred.
Fertilized eggs, or embryos, are left to further develop for three to five days before one or more embryos are placed within the woman's uterus. Any remaining embryos may be frozen for future use.
Candidates for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
Intracytplasmic sperm injection is primarily used to treat male infertility, specifically when there is little or no sperm found in ejaculated semen. However, it may also be used in some situations in which male infertility is not an issue. In these circumstances, ICSI may be used for couples who have not successfully conceived after repeated in vitro fertilization attempts or for couples who would like to screen their embryos for certain genetic problems.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection has helped many couples that have had difficulty becoming pregnant successfully conceive. Candidates for ICSI may include:
- Men with low sperm count or no sperm in ejaculated semen
- Men with sperm motility issues
- Men who have issues with sperm development
- Men with a blockage, such as a vasectomy, that prevents sperm from being ejaculated
- Couples who have not successfully conceived after repeated attempts with in vitro fertilization
- Couples who want to test their embryos for genetic problems
Find out If ICSI Is Right for You
If you and your partner have struggled to become pregnant even after multiple IVF treatments, intracytoplasmic sperm injection may be right for your needs. To find out if you are a candidate for ICSI or other advanced fertility treatments, please schedule a consultation today.