Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
(ICSI) Turkey

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a specialised form of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) that is used primarily for the treatment of severe cases of male-factor infertility. ICSI involves the injection of a single sperm into each egg using very fine micromanipulation equipment.

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
Procedures

ICSI is a highly specialized version of IVF, designed for severe male infertility cases. It involves injecting a single sperm into each egg using precise micromanipulation equipment.

Given the size of the egg and sperm, it’s a delicate procedure performed by skilled embryologists using advanced microscopes.

ICSI Step by Step Process

As with regular IVF, the woman will first need to take fertility medication to stimulate the production of eggs in the ovaries. During this time, the doctor will monitor the development of the eggs. The ICSI procedure is performed when the egg is ready to be retrieved.

Step 1

Sperm Retrieval

In the first step of ICSI, the male partner is required to provide a semen sample. This can be done by ejaculating into a sterile cup or through surgical sperm retrieval. The sperm may also be retrieved earlier and frozen for future use.

Meanwhile, multiple eggs are harvested from the woman’s ovaries using a fine needle and ultrasound probe. This procedure is generally painless but may cause mild discomfort.

Step 2

Sperm Injection

The sperm sample is washed and a single sperm is selected for injection into an egg using a fine hollow needle. Unlike in natural fertilization, where sperm have to swim through the cervix to reach the egg, ICSI bypasses this process by directly injecting the sperm into the egg.

Step 3

Embryo Monitoring

After injection, the fertilized eggs are kept in a laboratory for up to 6 days to monitor their growth and development. During this time, the healthiest and most viable embryos are selected for transfer to the woman’s uterus.

Step 4

Embryo Transfer

When the embryo has reached a certain stage of development, typically after 2 to 5 days, one or two embryos are transferred to the woman’s womb using an ultrasound-guided catheter. The embryo transfer is a simple and painless procedure that involves placing the embryos directly into the uterus. This increases the chances of successful implantation and pregnancy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a suitable candidate for ICSI?

ICSI is recommended for couples facing male-factor infertility issues where conventional IVF may not be effective. It is also used when sperm is obtained directly from the testis, for instance, after vasectomy reversal or in cases of absent vas deferens. However, ICSI does not increase the fertilization rate when sperm quality is normal.

What is the success rate of ICSI?

ICSI has helped many couples with difficult male-factor infertility conceive successfully. At UK Turkey Health, the fertilisation rate achieved through ICSI is currently between 70 to 80 percent, which is comparable to fertilisation with normal sperm.

The success rate of ICSI is determined by the fertilization rate achieved through the procedure, and our laboratory has an exceptional fertilisation rate of 80 to 85 percent.

What are the potential risks of ICSI?

ICSI comes with some risks. During the procedure, a small percentage of eggs (usually less than 5 percent) may be damaged by the needle insertion.

The risk of having a baby with a chromosomal abnormality in the X or Y chromosomes is also increased by 0.8 percent (or eight per 1000), which is four times higher than the average seen with spontaneous conception.

This may lead to miscarriage, heart problems, behaviour or learning disabilities, or infertility in the child’s adulthood. However, there is no evidence that developmental delays are more common in children born of ICSI.

Will all retrieved eggs be injected?

At UK Turkey Health, we make every effort to inject as many mature eggs as possible. We cannot inject immature eggs as their chances of fertilisation are low. On average, we can inject 75 to 80 percent of the retrieved eggs.

From £1,300
Treatment Price
  • The final price will be determined by the type of fertility treatment selected, depending also if the fertility treatment is a high or low complexity one. Other factors that will establish the final cost are the length of the treatment and the materials and medical equipment that need to be used.

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