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intracytoplasmic sperm injection (icsi)

in the icsi process, a tiny needle, called a micropipette, is used to inject a single sperm into the center of the egg. with either traditional ivf or icsi, once fertilization occurs, the fertilized egg grows in a laboratory for 1 to 5 days before it is transferred to the uterus.

icsi helps to overcome fertility problems, like:

– the male partner produces too few sperm to do artificial insemination (intrauterine insemination [iui]) or ivf.

– the sperm may not move in a normal fashion.

– the sperm may have trouble attaching to the egg.

– a blockage in the male reproductive tract may keep sperm from getting out. 

– eggs have not been fertilized by traditional ivf, regardless of the condition of the sperm.

– in vitro matured eggs are being used.

– previously frozen eggs are being used.