Treatment Series: Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
At Viera Fertility Center, there are a variety of effective treatments to overcome infertility. It can be very frustrating to want to conceive a baby on your own to start a family with months and months going by, or even years, without that positive result. Our goal is to help you understand your fertility, and the treatments that may bring about a viable pregnancy, with cutting-edge technology and a highly trained staff. Our personal care is geared toward supporting your physical and emotional needs during this intense time of trying to have a baby.
That’s why one of the treatments to turn to at our fertility clinic is intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). It’s done along with in vitro fertilization (IVF) to help a single sperm fertilize an egg. Let’s look at some details about what intracytoplasmic sperm injection entails in this treatment series from Viera Fertility Center, a fertility clinic in Melbourne that offers state-of-the-art reproductive treatment.
When Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection is Needed
There are a variety of factors that may lead you to need fertility treatment Melbourne at our facility. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection is primarily used to overcome a male fertility test Melbourne that shows there are issues. One of those is the fact that the man may not produce a high amount of sperm for artificial insemination with traditional intrauterine insemination (IUI) and IVF. In traditional intrauterine insemination, the sperm that is collected, washed, and concentrated is directly placed into the female’s uterus in hopes of conception.
Another reason to use ICSI is due to the low mobility of a man’s sperm. In that case, the sperm sometimes has trouble reaching and penetrating the egg naturally. There might be some kind of blockage that is keeping the optimal amount of sperm from traveling out to the egg.
Finally, if mature eggs or previously frozen ones are being used, there is a better chance of success with using the process of ICSI. All it needs is just one viable sperm to directly penetrate the outer wall of the egg for fertilization. The process itself, when you think about it, is pretty amazing. The entire IVF procedure in combination with ICSI is one of the best methods we have at Viera Fertility Center to achieve fertilization, implantation, and a successful pregnancy.
How ICSI Works in Our Laboratory Setting
In the ICSI process, a very small needle is used, called a micropipette. It injects a single sperm into the center of the egg. This process is done by an embryologist with the utmost care. Once the egg is officially fertilized, it’s called an embryo. Then the fertilized egg is allowed to thrive in our laboratory for one to five days. There, it is carefully monitored by the embryologist, before it’s ready for the rest of the IVF process. At the end of that time, it’s transferred to the female’s uterus.
The Chances of Success With Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
There is a high chance of success with intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Most of the time the egg has a 50 to 80 percent chance of being fertilized. Sometimes problems arise if the egg is damaged or when it doesn’t start to grow the right way after fertilization. In that case, it’s likely that the process of ICSI will have to start all over again. A new sperm and egg will then be used.
Keep in mind that ICSI has been around for a long time, with great success for reproductively challenged couples. It’s a very safe and widely used method of fertilization with IVF. Our Melbourne fertility clinic is happy to be able to provide this to our clients.
Contact Viera Fertility Center
If you have any questions about whether or not ICSI would work in your case, give us a call at Viera Fertility Center today. Our staff is more than happy to schedule your consultation. We are here to help figure out which fertility treatment will work for you to start your own treasured family.