ICSI is a fertility treatment that fertilizes 50-80% of the eggs on which it is performed, producing high IVF success rates.
The difference between IVF and IVF with ICSI
ICSI differs from basic IVF in that during traditional IVF fertilization occurs when roughly 50,000 motile (swimming) sperm are placed alongside the oocyte (egg) in a dish in our embryology laboratory. ICSI uses only one sperm and is injected directly into the egg for fertilization.
In both cases the fertilized egg, now called an embryo, will develop in our embryology lab for 3-5 days before being transferred into the mother’s womb (uterus) where hopefully it will implant and grow into a baby girl or boy.
You may elect to have the resultant embryos tested for genetic disorders (PGD), chromosomal abnormalities such as Down Syndrome (PGS) or for gender identification (PGD/PGS) before transfer.
Read more about Genetic Testing of Embryos.
You may also want to only transfer one embryo, called Elective Single Embryo Transfer, or eSET and choose to freeze the remaining healthy embryos for possible later use, called a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) cycle. FET cycles cost much less than a full IVF cycle, take less time, and produce very high success rates.
Other Types of IVF:
IVF + Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)
IVF + Elective Single Embryo Transfer (eSET)
IVF + Egg Donor
IVF + Donor Sperm
Mini IVF (minimal stimulation)