ICSI Treatment in India: Cost and Procedure

May 25, 2022
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Infertility has been a problem for ages now, but it has only recently started to be spoken about. With more and more talk on infertility, more and more methods of dealing with issues related to infertility are surfacing. The most well-known form of assisted artificial reproduction is IVF. However, many other methods are also rising now, which also have a better success rate like IVF. One of the most popular methods among these is ICSI. It is commonly referred to as ICSI-IVF Treatment since it is not completely detached from IVF; it only includes some more steps than IVF.

What is ICSI?

ICSI stands for intracytoplasmic sperm injection. The process essentially works as the semen is retrieved from the male, the best sperm selected from it, and then artificially injected into the egg for fertilization. It is one of the most successful methods of artificial treatment for problems related to infertility.

The success rate for ICSI can range from 80 to 85%. This is to say that about eight out of ten eggs will fertilize normally.

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When is ICSI suggested?

ICSI is suggested under the following circumstances:

  • Very low sperm count
  • Abnormally shaped sperms
  • The couple does not want to opt for a sperm donor
  • A very specific genetic disorders needs to be avoided
  • The male faces problems related to ejaculation

Procedure for ICSI Treatment

ICSI treatment is divided into five main steps;

  1. Hormone regulation for the woman to produce over one egg a month. This is done through injections.
  2. Eggs are retrieved from the woman's ovaries through minor procedure.
  3. Sperm is retrieved from the male through ejaculation, it is preferable if the semen is collected on the day of the procedure so that. The best sperm is then filtered and selected for the procedure.
  4. The selected sperm is manually injected into the egg for fertilization
  5. The fertilized egg is then transplanted into the woman's uterus through a catheter.

Cost of ICSI Treatment in India

A single cycle of ICSI treatment may cost you between 2.1 to 2.6 lakh INR. This includes the cost of injections used to stimulate the multiple egg development, Cost of the procedure done in the embryology lab and Freezing of excess good quality embryos.

The top-rated fertility hospitals in India use top-of-the-line equipment, therefore, ICSI treatments at these hospitals yield a higher success rate, although the pocket pinch will be on the higher side.

Benefits of ICSI Treatment

  • A couple can get a genetic baby.
  • It usually has less chances of physical or mental defects in the child
  • It treats male infertility

Risks involved in ICSI

ICSI does not have too many risks involved if done under proper supervision and from a proper medical facility. However, In some unusual cases, these are the risks that are involved in ICSI treatment.

  • There is a chance that the eggs might get damaged
  • There is a chance of ovarian hyperstimulation
  • Male children born through ICSI stand a chance of having low sperm count

These risks, however, are much lesser if the ICSI treatment is done from premium facilities.