What is ICSI: Intracytoplasmic sperm injection. A laboratory fertilization technique where a single sperm is directly injected into the interior of an egg using an extremely thin glass needle. Just like IVF, the goal of ICSI is for the sperm and the egg to meet and start the fertilization process.
Why would you use ICSI: ICSI may provide an effective treatment for male factor infertility caused by: sperm morphology or motility issues; low sperm count; medical conditions; or side effects from certain medicines. ICSI can even be used in men with no sperm in their ejaculate if sperm can be surgically collected from elsewhere in the male reproductive system. It provides an alternative treatment if inseminations or IVF have failed. You definitely want to use ICSI if you are using frozen sperm or frozen eggs or when you are planning on having PGD or PGS performed on any embryos.
Please note: WRL has it’s own ART embryology laboratory located on-site, it is the only full-service embryology laboratory located in Eastern Carolina that provides ICSI, embryo biopsy, embryo cryopreservation and storage, and egg cryopreservation and storage.