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Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a laboratory procedure to help infertile couples undergoing IVF due to male factor infertility. It involves the injection of a single sperm directly into the cytoplasm of a mature egg (oocyte) using a glass needle.
ICSI is recommended for men with low sperm count or low sperm motility. It is also recommended when there is no sperm in the semen, or if you've had a vasectomy, and we need to obtain the sperm surgically from the testes.
Eggs are retrieved in the same way as if you were doing IVF, however, the eggs and the sperm are then fertilized in the laboratory, by direct injection of a single sperm into each egg. Two to five days later the resulting embryos are placed into the uterus just as with IVF procedures and any other embryos can be frozen for later.
This technique is very cost-effective, and will give you the same high chance for getting pregnant as any couple with normal sperm. Often, a single, almost non-moving sperm can be retrieved and injected into a woman's egg, developing into a healthy embryo and a completely normal baby. So far, over 100,000 babies have been born with this technique, and the babies have grown up to be physically, mentally, and genetically normal, no matter how poor original sperm samples were.