Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) gives a ray of hope to men facing infertility issues and in other conditions. ICSI is a form of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) to treat severe male-factor infertility. It is a procedure that injects a single sperm cell into a mature egg directly.
Reasons to Choose ICSI:
- Poor sperm count that does not qualify for IUI or IVF
- Previous poor fertilisation with IVF
- Changing sperm count negatively
- Infertility without an explanation
- Lesser moving sperm than normal
- Sperm having trouble attaching to egg
- Eggs having trouble fertilising with normal IVF
- Eggs used are previously frozen
- In vitro mature eggs are used for IVF
Risks of ICSI:
- During the ICSI procedure, a small number of eggs <5% can be damaged as a result of the needle insertion.
- Problems in sex chromosome causes: i) Miscarriage. ii) Heart problems in newborns that are treated with surgery. iii) Behaviour or learning disabilities in newborns. iv) Infertility in children when they grow up.
- The risk of having a chromosomal abnormality like Down’s syndrome is not increased with ICSI but increases with maternal age.