ICSI Success Rates Offer Hope for Male Infertility

ICSI Success Rates Offer Hope for Male Infertility ICSI Success Rates Offer Hope for Male Infertility

Dealing with male factor infertility? Then ask your doctor about the latest ICSI success rates.

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is an option for couples undergoing IVF. ICSI often boosts in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates for couples dealing with male infertility. First introduced in 1992, ICSI is probably the greatest advancement in treating infertility since IVF. ICSI offers couples the chance to have their own children when it would be impossible by other means. 

ICSI success rates for live birth
Here are the success rates for couples with a primary diagnosis of male infertility that tried IVF in 2011. A very high percent of these couples (88 percent) chose to use ICSI along with IVF. Here are the birth rates, grouped by the mother's age, for couples that underwent an embryo transfer with IVF in 2011 and had a diagnosis of male infertility.

  • Women under 35: 48.3 percent 
  • Ages 35 to 37: 42 percent
  • Ages 38 to 40: 29.8 percent
  • Ages 41 and 42: 20.4 percent
  • Over age 42: 7 percent

One key to ICSI's success is that ICSI improves the odds of fertilization. Approximately 50 to 80 percent of eggs are fertilized during the ICSI procedure. 

ICSI success for male factor infertility
While many couples choose ICSI with IVF, intracytoplasmic sperm injection is primarily indicated for cases of male infertility. ICSI can help you bypass the following problems that may be making it harder for you and your partner to get pregnant:

  • Low sperm count
  • Poor sperm motility (movement) and morphology (shape)
  • Blockage or irreversible vasectomy
  • Sperm unable to penetrate the egg
  • When previous IVF cycles have not worked

If you are undergoing IVF, make sure your partner has a thorough semen analysis before you begin. Know that even if there are no issues with your partner’s sperm, your doctor may still recommend ICSI with IVF. ICSI is becoming more common in IVF clinics because it virtually guarantees that the sperm penetrates the egg.

If you’re dealing with male factor infertility or other fertility problems, talk to your doctor. 

Ask a doctor in your area about ICSI

  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine: Patient Fact Sheet: Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI).
  • American Pregnancy Association: Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI).
  • IntegraMed: ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) fertility treatment.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Report: National Summary.
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology: Clinic Summary Report 2011