ICSI Can Enhance the Success Rate of your IVF Procedure
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) provides patients with low sperm count, poor sperm motility, or other conditions another option for starting a family. Dr. Ali R. Guerami can provide ICSI as a successful fertilization method that can be used in combination with IVF for patients in the Dallas, TX, area struggling with fertility issues. During this procedure, a single sperm is injected directly into an egg. Dr. Guerami works closely with highly trained embryologists at our in-house lab to complete this procedure.
Understanding the Procedure
ICSI is a fertilization method used during IVF (in vitro fertilization). During traditional IVF, once the egg and sperm are retrieved, they are combined with sperm in a sterilized dish. Once combined, the sperm will naturally fertilize the egg. Although a successful and proven method for fertilization, traditional IVF requires high-functioning sperm in large numbers.
ICSI is recommended in cases with severe male factor infertility, such as low sperm count, low sperm motility, and failed or low fertilization in a previous traditional IVF cycle. During the procedure, a single sperm is inserted directly into each egg with the help of a special needle. Patients with male infertility who undergo this treatment have a higher success rate than those who choose traditional IVF, and very few sperm is required to complete the procedure.
How the Procedure Works
ICSI is performed as an additional step in the IVF procedure. Once the eggs and sperm are retrieved and they have undergone the necessary preparations, our embryologist will use state-of-the-art micro-manipulation and inverted microscope technology to select a single sperm with a special pipette (fine, hollow, glass needle). The embryologist will then stabilize the egg with a suction device and use the pipette to carefully penetrate the egg’s outer shell, being cautious not to irreversibly damage it. The needle will directly insert the sperm into the center of the egg (cytoplasm).
ICSI can dramatically enhance a patient’s chance of fertilization, especially for patients who struggle with severe male factor infertility.
Once the eggs are fertilized, the IVF procedure will proceed as normal. Our team will monitor the embryos as they develop. Most commonly, after five days, the five-day-old embryo (blastocysts) will be frozen to be transferred into the uterus at a later planned cycle. Occasionally, fresh or 2 to 3-day-old embryo may be transferred.
Learn More About ICSI
As mentioned above, ICSI can dramatically enhance a patient’s chance of positive fertilization, especially for patients who struggle with severe male factor infertility. If you are interested in incorporating ICSI as part of your IVF procedure, we encourage you to meet with Dr. Guerami to learn about all the fertility options available to you. We are passionate about helping our patients achieve a successful pregnancy. Contact our office online today to schedule your consultation.
“Helping patients build a family is my passion. I am completely invested in your treatment and will apply my full knowledge and abilities to achieve your goals.” Dr. Guerami