ICSI can be an option for patients who have:

  • an abnormally low sperm count or poor motility
  • a high percentage of abnormal sperm or few healthy sperm
  • sperm obtained via testicular biopsy or micro TESE
  • previously low fertilization rates with standard IVF

It is important to note that there is growing evidence that IVF success rates are actually better when standard insemination techniques are used instead of ICSI in couples who don’t fit the above categories.

ICSI can be used with fresh or frozen/thawed sperm. Our scientists will choose the best sperm from the sample, based on it being a normal shape, size and motility (movement).

Monash IVF tip: The treatment process is exactly the same as a standard IVF cycle; the only difference is the fertilisation technique the scientists use in the lab on the day your eggs are collected.

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