Although IVF has been helpful in treating couples with minor sperm problems, it was not until the early 1990's that men with severe sperm problems could be offered treatment. Micromanipulation techniques were developed to enable the sperm to be injected directly into the egg, thus bypassing the natural barriers that the sperm normally encounters.
ICSI is indicated for the following reasons:
- Low sperm count, poor motility, low normal morphology etc
- Previous failed fertilisation with IVF
- Following surgical sperm retrieval
Burton Fertility has been established for many years and is licensed to offer this treatment. We have carried out thousands of ICSI cycles. For couples requiring ICSI the treatment pathway is identical to that of IVF, except for the method of insemination. For ICSI, the sperm is injected directly into the prepared egg, rather than simply mixed with the eggs in a dish.