Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
Sometimes conventional IVF – leaving the sperm and egg to do their thing in our laboratory – needs a helping hand. Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a lab technique that may be appropriate for you, if your sperm needs a bit of extra help to achieve successful fertilisation.
Your embryos, created using the ICSI technique, are then transferred in the same way as in standard IVF treatment. Bourn Hall’s fertility experts have performed ICSI since 1993, making us one of the most experienced centres for this type of technique in the UK.
How does it work?
Your eggs are collected in the same way as IVF, and a single sperm is injected into the centre of each mature egg to assist fertilisation in the laboratory. We use ICSI in conjunction with an IVF cycle when we believe that fertilisation is unlikely to occur using conventional IVF.
In the same way as a conventional IVF cycle, one or two of the resulting embryos can then be transferred to your uterus, and any additional suitable embryos can be frozen for your future use.
Is it right for me?
We might recommend ICSI when:
- Sperm count is low
- Sperm motility – movement – is poor
- You have a high number of abnormal sperm
- Sperm has been collected surgically
- Your semen contains levels of antibodies
- You have previous, unexplained, unsuccessful conventional IVF treatments, or when very few eggs have fertilised following IVF
- Tests of your sperm function have shown that the sperm would be unlikely to achieve fertilisation, or embryo quality and implantation may be compromised
- You have chosen to use donated eggs and sperm
How much does ICSI cost?
Bourn Hall has a dedicated IVF with ICSI package. Following your consultation, you will receive a detailed and costed treatment plan based on your individual situation and requirements.
We have a range of packages and payment plans to help make your treatment affordable and achievable. You could be eligible for NHS funding or a reduced IVF cycle, if you are prepared to help others to start a family by sharing your eggs or sperm.
Your ICSI treatment cycle is similar to conventional IVF. The only difference is that our embryologists use micromanipulation techniques in the laboratory to fertilise your eggs, instead of placing sperm and eggs together in a culture dish.
We also believe you should have every opportunity to optimise your health and lifestyle, to get the best out of your fertility treatment. We now include a free, comprehensive, one-hour consultation with our fertility nutritionist for all our self-funding patients undergoing IVF treatment. Our fertility experts will also be able to advise you if blastocyst culture is right for you, depending on your individual circumstances.