INTRACYTOPLASMIC SPERM INJECTION (ICSI) HELPS 8 OUT OF 10 MALE INFERTILITY CASES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

For many couples, having a baby, and experiencing the joy of becoming parents is nothing less than a dream. Several times it has been seen that the lifestyle and genetic factors, often results in problems that make conceiving difficult. Today reproductive medicine has advanced to a level that latest technologies and treatments can help you complete your family, no matter what your problems.

Contrary to popular belief, infertility isn’t a woman’s problem alone. Improper functioning of the
male reproductive system or poor sperm quality can also lead to delayed or failed pregnancies. Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a procedure which is widely used in male infertility cases and has seen tremendous success. Severe male infertility conditions can inhibit natural conception, but one can get pregnant if they undergo ICSI, since in this procedure the sperm is directly injected into the egg, for fertilization. Once the embryo starts forming, the healthiest one is transferred to the uterus to facilitate conception.

A recent survey conducted by the IVF counsellors of IVI Fertility UAE and Muscat bring forth some questions that couples seek answers to. The IVF counselling team in the three clinics of IVI Fertility collaborated on this research and would be launching an FAQ Digital Book online for patient’s knowledge and convenience. Few critical questions have been summed up as below:

What leads to infertility in men?

  • Distorted sperm shape and motility
  • Low sperm count
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Ejaculation problems
  • Blocked or coiled tubes in men
  • Consanguinity (marriage within the family)

 

What is ICSI? Is it a part of IVF?

Falling under Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), ICSI is an advanced procedure. It is regarded as a step beyond the IVF. Like the IVF, ICSI also facilitates fertilization, but the chances of conception are higher in this process.

This is mainly because in ICSI, the sperm is directly injected into the egg, with the help of a thin needle. With high precision, under a microscope, this step is completed and is followed by planting the embryo in the woman’s uterus.

 

Who is it for?

ICSI is generally recommended to couples if the male partner has infertility conditions. Some of those conditions are stated below:

  • Low or zero sperm count
  • Low or poor sperm motility
  • Failures with IVF previously
  • Ejaculation problems
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Any kind of Azoospermia
  • Varicoceles

Is ICSI the answer to all male infertility problems?

No, ICSI is not the answer to all male infertility problems. But it is helpful if one is suffering from one of the above stated male infertility conditions.

How long does it take to complete this procedure?

To complete an IVF treatment, we need to perform different steps: first, we need to prepare the ovaries to collect the eggs and this take 10 to 15 days. Then, the procedure for fertilization is performed using ICSI technique to help the sperms to go inside the egg. After fertilization, the embryos have to grow and divide the cells for 5 to 6 days. Once we have good quality embryos, we prepare the uterus for the implantation. In total, all the process can take between 3 to 6 weeks.

How likely am I to get pregnant after undergoing ICSI?

The success rate of IVF/ICSI is very high, higher than other ART method. It mainly depends on your and your partner’s reproductive age and the man’s infertility condition. The younger the patient, the higher are her chances of conceiving.

IVI Middle East manages state-of-the-art clinics in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Muscat, and provides personalised care and support during all stages of IVF/ICSI treatment. The clinics have a success rate of over 70% – the highest in the region.

 

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