At Care Fertility we are often asked if ICSI is more successful than IVF. To put it simply, it depends.
What is the difference between ICSI and IVF?
Both ISCI and IVF fertilize an egg to create an embryo. In IVF the female eggs are placed in a dish with thousands of sperm where the sperm will hopefully fertilise the egg. ICSI is where fertilisation of the egg occurs by an embryologist injecting a single sperm into the centre of an egg. It takes a few days after IVF or ICSI to know if embryos have developed and can be used.
When IVF was first developed, research came out that IVF was not successful for couples when the male had low sperm count. That’s when the ICSI procedure was developed.
ICSI is a common treatment that is used to help conceive a baby, however research suggests that if the male has a high sperm count, ICSI is not required.
ICSI is associated with increased cost and risk of injury to the egg.
Before starting fertility treatment, ensure a detailed semen analysis is performed by an accredited laboratory.
If you’re still unsure if ICSI is right for you, contact us. At Care Fertility we provide personalised fertility treatment and as a result, the use of ICSI is lower than standard IVF. When sperm count is normal, we will suggest IVF, not ICSI.