With Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Dr. Garza injects a single sperm directly into the center of an egg that has been extracted from the woman’s body. If fertilization occurs, the embryo(s) is then placed back in the woman’s uterus, just as in an IVF treatment.
ICSI is typically used in cases of male infertility, including:
- Low sperm count
- Sperm are abnormally shaped
- Poor quality and movement of sperm
- Fertilization was not achieved with previous IVF treatments
What’s the process for ICSI?
Similar to IVF treatment, you’ll be given fertility drugs to stimulate your ovaries and promote the growth of follicles. To ensure the safety and effectiveness of this process, Dr. Garza will continually monitor your progress with blood tests and ultrasounds.
Once your follicles have reached maturity, your eggs with be retrieved using an ultrasound-guided needle. The eggs that are collected will be placed in a culture. Your male partner must then provide a semen sample, which we prepare in our laboratory. A single sperm is injected into each suitable egg that was retrieved.
Within 24 hours, we inspect your eggs for fertilization. Eggs that have normal, healthy fertilization are cultured in our lab for an additional day or two so that we can closely monitor the development of the embryos. Dr. Garza and his team will provide you with continual updates on the progress of fertilization.
Within 2-5 days following retrieval of your eggs, Dr. Garza will perform the embryo transfer procedure. Using a catheter placed through your cervix, Dr. Garza will transfer approximately 2-3 healthy embryos, depending on your preferences, back into your uterus.