If you have male fertility problems, such as a low sperm count, or sperm that can’t penetrate the egg, conventional IVF is unlikely to help. This is where IntraCytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is most appropriate. ICSI is also useful if you’ve had a vasectomy but now want to have children.
ICSI can be part of your IVF treatment cycle. The only major difference with ICSI is how we achieve fertilisation: using very fine micromanipulation equipment, we inject a single sperm into each egg.
We can also use this technique when there are no sperm in the semen, and we have to obtain them surgically from the testes.
ICSI Success Rates
IVF and ICSI are among the most common techniques used in Assisted Reproductive Technology. It has led to the birth of many thousands of babies worldwide, and success rates between IVF and ICSI are fairly consistent.
For more information about ICSI, visit our Patient Information Booklets page where you can browse through a number of informative booklets and download the PDF versions. These booklets have been designed to help you manage any pressures associated with fertility problems as well as better inform of you about the possible causes and treatments available.