Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

The procedure takes the place of a sperm fertilizing the egg by itself; in ICSI a woman undergoes IVF and specialists literally inject a sperm into the egg with a microinjector. As such, this procedure is often, but not always, used to treat male infertility, specifically disorders relating to the testes and sperm production.

ICSI is applied during the 3rd step of in vitro Fertilization - which is the fertilization step.

Introduced in 1992, ICSI is a major advancement in the field of infertility. However, keep in mind that the embryologist will be selecting the precise sperm cell to fertilize the egg. Early criticism of the ICSI procedure said that it removed the natural selection process and put the choice of the fittest sperm in the doctor’s hands, as opposed to millions of sperm competing to fertilize the egg. does not make ICSI treatment recommendations nor dispense medical advice; only a physician or heath care provider is qualified to determine the proper treatment for any patient. The treatment options are presented for general education purposes only.


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