Intracytoplasmic sperm injection(ICSI) is an infertility treatment where a single viable sperm is selected and injected into a mature egg for fertilization and later placed inside a woman’s womb. ICSI is a more sophisticated form of the traditional IVF (in vitro fertilization).
Traditional IVF vs IVF with ICSI
The primary difference in the traditional IVF and ICSI is where IVF treatments are done by collecting the eggs and sperm from a male partner and fertilized outside the human body, whereas in ICSI the sperm is directly inserted into the egg. ICSI is often a more preferred treatment for couples facing male infertility problems like low sperm count, poor sperm quality, history of vasectomies etc. In instances where an IVF procedure wasn’t successful or when very few viable eggs can be retrieved during the process.
ICSI Success Rates
It’s generalized that the ratio of success of egg fertilization using the ICSI method achieves the success of around 70-85% which is greater than conventional IVF without using ICSI. While it could not be the case with the rate of success in pregnancy for ICSI. The probability of success depends on the quality and the viability of the embryo used in the treatment. The process of implanting the embryo into the uterus also determines the success of the survival.
ICSI is estimated to cost in between 1000 to 1500. Yet ICSI treatment cannot be used on its own. The cost shall be added to the cost of IVF. The embryos obtained through the ICSI is used to implant into the woman’s uterus or a surrogate. IVF expense varies from treatment, price, and locations.