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Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection or ICSI, is a procedure used as part of an IVF cycle in which a single sperm is introduced into each egg, by means of micro-injection. ICSI is often recommended for patients with a history of poor fertilisation outcomes following IVF or for male-associated infertility.
We know that undergoing fertility treatment can be an anxious and stressful time. Our team will guide and support you throughout your journey whilst ensuring that they deliver first class clinical results.
Your treatment journey begins with a consultation with your doctor to discuss your medical history and if necessary, any recommendations for further investigations. We focus on the detail so that we design an individualised treatment plan to deliver the best possible results for you. You will spend time with one of our expert nurses who will guide you through the process and be on hand to provide you with care and support throughout your journey.
When you are ready you will start your medication and we will closely monitor your cycle to ensure an optimal response to your treatment. This monitoring will involve tracking follicle growth, egg development, and hormone levels.
Your doctor and embryologist will evaluate each individual patient to determine the best time to collect your eggs and at exactly the right time for you a specifically-timed trigger will be given. The trigger makes the eggs mature and ovulate and when you are ready you will come to the centre for your eggs to be collected.
The egg collection is performed under sedation, which is an outpatient procedure, eliminating the need for an overnight stay. During the egg collection the sperm sample is evaluated and prepared. On the day of egg collection, the eggs are assessed to determine those which are mature and able to undergo ICSI. On the following day, the embryologist will contact you to let you know how many eggs have fertilised to form embryos.
The embryos will be cultured in our state-of-the-art incubators until ready for transfer to the uterus. You will be asked to attend the clinic for the embryo transfer and the selected embryos will be transferred by your doctor.
Approximately two weeks following the embryo transfer, it will be time to do your pregnancy test. A follow up appointment with your doctor will ensure you are fully supported following your test result and will provide an opportunity to discuss any steps from there.
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