The ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) technique is a ray of hope for those couples suffering from irreversible infertility. These challenges may involve both male and female factors. You have probably heard of ICSI and male infertility together, and it is because ICSI is considered an effective treatment for male infertility as it can alleviate severe male factor infertility caused by obstructive or non-obstructive azoospermia. Conventional Invitro fertilization (IVF) requires a certain number of sperm cells and optimal functions to achieve fertilization successfully. However, ICSI doesn’t necessitate any of the preceding factors because, in the ICSI procedure, the sperm sample is prepared in the laboratory. The best sperm is used to be injected into the egg’s cytoplasm, increasing the chance of successful fertilization.
The field of assisted reproductive technology is progressing with each passing day. Micromanipulation, such as ICSI, can now overcome the natural barriers and treat severe cases of infertility, especially involving male factor infertility. ICSI, as a fertility treatment, allows irreversibly infertile couples to have their child.
ICSI is a technologically advanced treatment; therefore, it is expensive. The cost of ICSI depends upon certain factors, including injections, medicines, expertise of specialists, and location of the clinic, as well as its success rate. The initial ICSI cure cost in Islamabad, Pakistan, is 700k, which is subject to increase with add-ons such as PGS/PGD. Australian Concept Islamabad acknowledges that not everyone can afford ICSI; therefore, we provide our patients with flexible payment methods and financial assistance. We believe in discussing all the expenses openly so there are no hidden costs and the patients know where they are putting their hard-earned money.
ICSI is typically recommended for couples with male infertility issues, such as low sperm count, poor sperm motility, or abnormal sperm shape. It may also be used if previous attempts at in vitro fertilization (IVF) have failed due to poor fertilization rates.
During ICSI, a single sperm is injected directly into the cytoplasm of a mature egg using a micromanipulation technique. The embryologist selects a healthy-looking sperm and injects it into the egg using a fine needle, usually under a microscope.
ICSI can be more successful than traditional IVF in cases of severe male infertility. However, it’s essential to discuss with a fertility specialist to determine if ICSI is the best option based on individual circumstances.