Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a specialised form of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) that is used for the treatment of severe cases of male-factor infertility. ICSI involves the injection of a single sperm directly into a mature egg.

At Yana, we use a medium named PVP (Polyvinylpyrrolidone ) for sperm selection. This medium slows down the sperm motility, and thus allows the selection of sperms with normal morphology, and thus using them for ICSI, the embryologists are preferentially using the better-quality, more mature sperm.

Who is ICSI-IVF recommended for?

ICSI-IVF is recommended for couples who have had poor or no fertilisation during standard IVF, as well as men who have:

  • Poor sperm morphology (abnormally shaped sperm).
  • Poor sperm motility (slow moving).
  • A low sperm count.
  • An obstruction such as a vasectomy, which prevents sperm release.
  • Antisperm antibodies (antibodies that are produced by the man’s body and may inhibit sperm function).
  • A vasectomy reversal that was unsuccessful or resulted in a low sperm count or poor-quality sperm.
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