What is IVF with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)?

Intra Cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure where a single sperm cell is injected directly into an egg so that the egg fertilized there. Then the fertilized egg (embryo) is placed into the womb of a woman. ICSI has implemented as part of IVF, so the ICSI pregnancy success rate is similar to IVF. ICSI leads to the formation of a maximum number of embryos, which increases their chances of cryopreservation or Pregnancy. Couples who have unexplained infertility like weak or absent fertilization, poor sperm count, with diabetes, spinal cord injury and other problems etc. can also benefit from ICSI.

Facts About IVF with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

  • The success rate of IVF with ICSI is generally around 60% to 80% although they can vary on a case to case basis.
  • The first child with ICSI was born in Singapore in April 1989.
  • ICSI is used primarily for the treatment of severe cases of male-factor infertility.
  • The first activated embryo by ICSI was produced in 1990.
  • And the first successful birth by ICSI took place on January 14, 1992
  • IVF with ICSI is performed in more than 65 % of IVF procedures.
  • In the USA, more than 17,000 babies are born through IVF-ICSI.
  • The success rate of ICSI IVF procedure is higher than other IVF methods.
  • The younger you are then there are chances of higher success rate. Following are the success rates of ICSI with Age of the women:
  • 35% for women under 35 years of age
  • 20% for women between 35-37 years of age
  • 22% for women between 38-39 years of age
  • 15% for women between 40-42 years of age
  • 7% for women between 43-44 years of age
  • 5% for women over 45 years of age
  • The ICSI IVF cost may vary from country to country or clinic to clinic.
  • There is also the risk of getting multiples (twins or triplets) in the ICSI procedure.