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 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.