Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) Services at RGI
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is an extremely effective reproductive treatment that addresses several common fertility challenges, including low sperm count.
Parents-to-be who’ve been frustrated with natural conception or certain fertility treatments might have excellent outcomes with ICSI. This procedure is used in combination with in vitro fertilization (IVF).
We all know that pregnancy begins when a male reproductive cell (sperm) penetrates a female reproductive cell (egg). However, in certain circumstances, this phenomenon might not occur naturally. Sometimes, the egg has an outer wall that is difficult to penetrate, or the sperm isn’t sufficiently motile and can’t swim towards the egg. In these cases, an ICSI treatment before IVF could successfully address these issues.
What is Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection?
ICSI transfers a single sperm cell into an egg using a special syringe called a micropipette. The process involves several procedures to assure optimal outcomes. The treatment begins with ovarian induction, which encourages the development of mature eggs. These eggs are harvested through a procedure called transvaginal ultrasound aspiration. Transvaginal ultrasound aspiration is a minimally invasive process requiring only mild sedation. It typically only takes approximately 20 minutes.
In cases where male factor infertility is an issue due to low sperm motility, a semen sample can be collected via ejaculation. In circumstances where ejaculation is not possible or if no sperm are present in ejaculate fluid due to obstruction or vasectomy, minimally invasive surgical sperm retrieval might be the appropriate procedure.
Before insertion into the egg, the sperm sample is put through a centrifuge to isolate the healthy sperm from the malformed sperm, non-living sperm, and detritus. This process maximizes the possibility of successful fertilization.
Once the injection has been performed, the egg is monitored for signs of fertilization. When the embryo has been established, it is inserted into the uterine cavity.
What are the advantages of ICSI?
ICSI is frequently recommended as a supplement to IVF to maximize the chances of pregnancy, particularly in cases where male infertility is recognized or suspected. Fertilization rates for ICSI are extremely high in cases of suboptimal male fertility.
Often, parents-to-be opt for ICSI when fertility challenges cannot be definitively identified or when standard IVF has failed to yield a full-term pregnancy.
Why should I consider ICSI?
If you are experiencing the following reproductive issues, ICSI might be an excellent solution.
- Male infertility
- Vasectomy reversal
- Unexplained infertility
- Previous IVF failures
- Recurrent pregnancy loss
Different fertility treatments are designed to address specific issues with fertility. ICSI is a procedure that is overwhelmingly recommended when sperm quality or quantity is a contributing factor. While it might seem more efficient to opt for ICSI to optimize chances of fertilization, when optimal sperm parameters are present, IVF is equally likely to result in success.
At Reproductive Gynecology & Infertility, we help parents-to-be find treatment options that address their unique circumstances. Our team of caring reproductive specialists offers decades of experience in correcting both common and unusual fertility issues, helping a diverse population of people welcome healthy, beautiful babies into their homes and families.
We are proud of our high success rates – so proud that we are willing to offer a 100% IVF guarantee. We have served the Northeast Ohio community for more than 20 years, helping parents achieve successful pregnancies and welcome beautiful babies. To learn more about our services, please call 866-537-2461 today.