Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
ICSI is a fertility treatment opted for men and this procedure has greatly many couples to conceive children. In certain circumstances the sperm is not able to penetrate and fertilize the egg in such situation this treatment would be apt. The embryologist requires only one sperm for this procedure and it can be done along with your IVF treatment.
When is it needed?
- The ICSI treatment is recommended when the sperm count is found to be very low.
- A surgical procedure on the testicles prevents the ejaculation and such the sperm count is very low.
- Abnormal shape of the sperms which prevent them from moving swiftly.
- Spinal cord injury or diabetes can also create erection or ejaculation problems.
Now as part of the treatment sperm would be collected from the partner by ejaculating himself into a cup. If the sperm count is low the doctors would have to extract the sperm directly but this would be one under anesthesia.
Under the IVF treatment the women be administered fertility drugs which helps develop multiple eggs. Now this would be extracted by the doctor and would be made ready for fertilization.
Now the embryologist injects a sperm into the egg and is kept in the incubator till it is ready.
Embryos are now placed into the uterus using a catheter tube. It can implanted after 2 -3 days or maybe after 5 days. If the embryos are placed after 5 days it becomes blastocyst treatment which greatly improves the chances of the IVF treatment.
Disadvantages of ICSI
The ICSI treatment can prove to be expensive.
There is chance for multiple births.
Now in normal pregnancy the strongest tend to survive and manage to break the membrane to enter the egg. But in this procedure there is a slight percentage chance for eneticla problems to emerge as weakers ones cannot be distinguished.