Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is the process through which sperm is directly injected into eggs.

ICSI is done in conjunction with IVF. First IVF is performed in order to obtain the eggs from the women’s ovaries. In a traditional or straight IVF cycle one egg is mixed with about 50,000 to 100,000 sperm in a dish. In an ICSI cycle one sperm is selected and that one sperm is injected directly into one egg.

With ICSI, you need far fewer sperm than with traditional IVF. In men with extremely low sperm counts, motility and/or morphology, ICSI provides an opportunity for an excellent chance of success.

ICSI is the treatment option of choice in men with significant sperm issues because it allows for great fertilization rates despite having little to no sperm. Men can lack sperm in their ejaculate for several reasons including: previous vasectomy, obstruction preventing sperm ejaculation or a problem with sperm production. In these cases we can usually do a minor outpatient procedure (TESE or TESA) and retrieve sperm directly from the testicle.

While the number of sperm retrieved via a TESE/TESA are too small to do an insemination, ICSI, can be done and the success rates are usually excellent! We offer multiple IVF and ICSI treatment plans, money back guarantee plans and flexible payment options in order to meet all of our patients needs.


To learn more about intracytoplasmic sperm injection, contact the Advanced Reproductive Center. To schedule an appointment call us at 815-229-1700, or fill out the form below and we will contact you.