ICSI is a procedure where sperm is injected directly into the egg(s) to achieve fertilisation during IVF treatment.
ICSI differs from IVF only in the way that the egg is fertilised. Instead of putting the sperm and egg together in a petri dish as in IVF, with ICSI treatment we inject a single sperm directly into the egg. This can significantly improve the chance of fertilisation if there is a low quality sperm issue.
Could ICSI be right for me?
ICSI can help to overcome certain male infertility problems including:
We might recommend ICSI instead of conventional IVF if:
Even if there are no issues your sperm, your consultant may still recommend ICSI with IVF. ICSI has been proven to help improve success rates for couples that have not been successful with IVF in previous cycles.
The video shows the process of Intra-cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). The egg is held in place while a single sperm is injected into the cytoplasm of the egg using a fine needle.
Fertilisation rates are slightly higher with ICSI compared to IVF because it virtually guarantees that the sperm penetrates the egg. On average, around 75% of eggs fertilise with ICSI. Whilst there is no significant difference in pregnancy rates between ICSI and IVF, where there is a sperm issue we would usually recommend using ICSI.
Prices are indicative only but include monitoring, egg collection, embryo culture and transfer. Prices do not include drugs or other optional costs – costs typically range from R9100,00–R18100,00.
Elective freeze of embryos (excluding transfer) R54000,00–R67000,00
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) R20700,00–R24000,00