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Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

ICSI is the most practical form of in vitro fertilization whereby a single sperm is injected into the egg using a fine glass needle. This technique assists couples with very low sperm counts. Even partners who have no sperm in the ejaculate but can have sperm retrieved from the testes by testicular biopsy will benefit from ICSI. With ICSI, the eggs are retrieved the same as if you were doing conventional IVF. However, the eggs and the sperm are then fertilized in the laboratory, by direct injection of a single sperm into each egg. Three days later the resulting embryos are simply placed into the uterus with no surgery, just as with IVF. This technique is very cost-effective, and will result to the same high chance for getting pregnant as any couple with normal sperm.