Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

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What Is an Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection Procedure?

An intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) routine is usually paired with a conventional in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedure and is particularly helpful for men who possess a low sperm count or poor sperm motility. It is also suited for men who experience difficulty ejaculating or have undergone a vasectomy in the past. ICSI aims at directly injecting the sperm into the egg to achieve fertilisation. Then, once the resultant embryo is healthy enough to call the uterus its home, it is carefully placed onto the uterine lining. Sometimes, ICSI is enhanced through an additional medical protocol called physiological intracytoplasmic sperm injection (PICSI). PICSI is used to select the best possible sperm for fertilisation during IVF. By picking a superior quality sperm, the odds of fertilisation during IVF increase. PICSI pivots on the concept of Hyaluronan binding. Hyaluronan is a unique material found around an egg; PICSI endeavours to identify sperm that bind well with the hyaluronan around an egg cell.

Why Choose an Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection Procedure?

An intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is ideal for augmenting the fertility of a male partner. It is recommended in multiple scenarios.

Low Sperm Count

By injecting sperm into an egg, ICSI increases the chances of fertilisation for men whose semen is sparsely populated with sperm.

Abnormally Shaped Sperm

Healthy sperm are buttressed by a circular head on one end, and a long, pointed tail on the other. For misshapen sperm, motility could prove to be a problem. Also, even if an abnormally shaped sperm does reach an egg, penetrating through the outer wall of the egg may prove difficult.

Obstruction in the Vasa Deferentia

The vasa deferentia are the fine pipes that carry sperm from the testicles to the urethra. Sometimes, these tubes may be closed, either naturally, or as a result of a vasectomy. In this case, sperm have no way of exiting the testicles. By drawing sperm directly from the testicles and injecting a single sperm cell into an egg, ICSI could optimise the chances of fertilisation, and in turn, of conception.

Is an Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection Procedure Right for Me?

An intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) technique can be an ideal addition to a traditional in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedure. The success of an ICSI routine rests on a variety of factors, including the age of the partners and the fertility problem identified. On Cloudnine, we conduct an exhaustive fertility examination before recommending a fertility treatment to a guest. Our medical specialists first consider your medical history and only then, craft a treatment plan to offer optimal results.

What Are the Steps of an Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection Procedure?

An intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) procedure is composed of five main steps.

1

Sperm Collection

First, a semen sample is collected from the male partner. This semen may be organically drawn or obtained via a surgical testicular procedure.

2

Egg Collection

Once a sperm sample has been collected from the male partner, a selection of mature eggs are surgically retrieved from the female partner.

3

Sperm Injection

In this stage, an embryologist carefully injects a single sperm cell into a healthy egg using a hollow needle.

4

Observation

Once an egg and sperm unite, they form a minute embryo, which is cultured in a laboratory for approximately four days. On Cloudnine, our advanced monitoring systems cocoon embryos so that they are continually underpinned by optimal conditions.

5

Implantation

Once an embryo is about four days old, it is gently placed inside the uterus. A few days later, it burrows itself into the uterine lining, a process known as implantation.

What Are the Risks of an Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection Procedure?

If not done correctly, an intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) routine can present a handful of risks. On Cloudnine, we take careful measures to ensure that the risks posed by the procedure are mitigated as far as possible.

Damaged Eggs

The egg extraction process could compromise the quality of your eggs. The fertility specialists on Cloudnine take special care to see that the eggs are handled carefully during the retrieval process.

Inadequate Development of Embryo

Despite a successful round of fertilisation, sometimes, an embryo may fail to grow beyond a four-cell entity. On Cloudnine, our embryologists culture multiple embryos to spread this risk. We consistently strive to keep the odds in your favour.

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Dr. Radhika Sheth was our pillar of strength throughout our days of infertility. When we consulted her, she suggested that my wife and I pursue fertility treatment on Cloudnine. Cloudnine gave us the best of both worlds; the comfort of consulting Dr. Sheth and easy access to first-class amenities. Over the span of 4 months, we underwent 6 treatment cycles in order to beat our stubborn condition. And in the end, our persistence paid off. Thanks to Dr. Sheth, we conceived. We were so content with our experience, that we opted to continue our affiliation to Cloudnine with their signature maternity experience. After all, Cloudnine helped us realise our long-held dream of parenthood.

Mr. Amit Kumar
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My fertility treatment plan on Cloudnine was composed of an HSG test followed by two IVF cycles. The experience was very good, and if it weren’t for the support and encouragement I received from the doctors and nurses, I wouldn’t have become a mother to my baby boy. I am thankful to Cloudnine for giving me the gift of motherhood.

Mrs Meena
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I was referred to Dr. Uma Maheshwari early this year. At the outset, it was an emotional experience, but Dr. Maheshwari and all the nurses, especially Divya, Omana and Ranjitha, were warm and embraced me like they would, family. Dr. Uma was very caring and always remembered every little detail about my pregnancy. Best of all, she was available when we needed her.
I consider Cloudnine a very lucky place. I came here looking to go through fertility procedures and artificial conception but ended up conceiving naturally. I would recommend Dr. Maheshwari and her entire team to those looking for quality fertility solutions. Thanks to the entire team for taking such good care of me.

Mrs Rakshambi Kai K
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I opted to meet Dr. Radhika Sheth at Cloudnine Hospital, Malad, to discuss fertility treatment options. I knew I’d made the right choice when I discovered how approachable she was. She was very cooperative, always available, ever-smiling and full of positive energy. Not only did she suggest the right treatment plan for me, she worked hard to make me feel special along the way.

Mrs Shruti Pansari
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I am extremely pleased with the experience we had with Dr. Radhika Sheth. After having undergone fruitless fertility treatments for more than two years with other doctors, I was finally able to conceive after an IVF cycle administered by Dr. Sheth. Needless to say, she was very helpful and supportive throughout my treatment tenure. I am and always will be eternally thankful to Dr. Sheth for giving me my precious bundle of joy.

Mrs. Bhumika Vashisth
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I am extremely happy with the treatment we received from Dr. Radhika Sheth and her team at Cloudnine Clinic. The doctor devoted ample time to hearing about our medical history, present problems and general issues we were facing. She was very understanding and would patiently answer all the questions we asked her. During the first visit itself, Dr. Sheth assured us that we would get pregnant; that there was absolutely no doubt about it. Hearing those words was a big relief and instantly boosted our confidence. We started our fertility treatment last year, after which, much to our delight, we finally conceived. We are eagerly awaiting our baby now and can hardly express our happiness in words. We consider ourselves very lucky that God directed us to Cloudnine Clinic.
Thanks to Dr. Radhika Sheth and her entire team for making our journey to conception worthwhile. Last but not the least, a big thumbs up to all the administration staff for the wonderful operational support.

Mrs Vaishnavi Ghosalkar
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I am very happy to share experience I had with Sure. I tried to conceive from past 1 year without any success. I had gone to many doctors in Bangalore and at my hometown but I couldn’t conceive. I came to know about Sure from Cloudnine hospital. I had posted a message for appointment and I immediately got a call from Sure. I was amazed with their immediate response. This experience continued. I got an appointment with Dr. Jyothi Menon and was very much satisfied with her answers during my first visit itself. I got confidence with her words. Based on her advice, we thought of going for a treatment at Sure. Her way of treatment was very good. We had to visit Sure 4-5 times in the first cycle. My first cycle at Sure was successful. I am 3 months pregnant now. I am very thankful to Dr. Jyothi Menon. Staff at sure are really caring, supportive and are cool in answering all the questions. Especially I need to mention about Swetha at reception. I had very good experience with her every time I go there. Ambience at sure is very good and hygienic. Nursing staff is also very caring.Overall it was a wonderful experience.

Mrs. Asha
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Doctor was available as per the appointment which is very much appreciated. Doctor spoke to us in a very encouraging manner and presented the facts clearly. Support staffs were very polite and responded to situation. GREAT SERVICE!

Mrs. Harini
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The team is fantastic, very co-operative and knows their jobs. At OT sister Shyamala was at most courteous, understanding by sharing her love and affection to me. The admin team is well managed and carry their duties effectively GRE-Geetha and others. The other nurses Sangeetha, Sherly others whose name I am not able to recollect were very good especially while injections. Overall very impressed with the setup and have started referring people.

Mrs. Jaya
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It was a wonderful experience, I am very glad with the way all the doctors, nurses have supported me. Hope to see the clinic grow bigger and maintain its reputation throughout. Thanks to all of you and I hope to come back as a ‘MOM’.

Mrs. Payal

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