Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a process that works alongside IVF. We use ICSI when the sperm concentration or motility (percentage of sperm swimming) is too low for us to do conventional IVF.
ICSI is used in conjunction with IVF if there is a severe problem with the sperm. The ICSI procedure is the direct injection of single sperm into each mature egg. It can be used if very few sperm are found in the ejaculate and can also be used for couples where we may need to retrieve sperm surgically from the male partner.
Although ICSI is an invaluable technique for couples who have fertility problems associated with poor sperm quality, it is not suitable for everyone. In fact, for couples who have normal sperm, performing ICSI instead of IVF can actually be detrimental to the chance of success.
Single Embryo/Blastocyst transfer:
Couples who are below 37 years of age and are on their first (and possibly subsequent cycles), generally have a higher chance of a pregnancy but are at a higher risk of a multiple pregnancy (twins or more).
If you fall into this patient group then we will recommend that you have a single embryo transferred. This will be performed at the blastocyst stage (day 5 after egg collection) if possible, but can also be done after 2 or 3 days. Transferring embryos at day 5 gives us more information about them and allows us better selection of the best embryo(s). Any other good quality embryos can be frozen at this stage.
Blastocyst transfer is not be suitable for every patient although all are encouraged to have it if possible - please ask your embryologist for advice.
We do not charge extra for blastocyst transfer.