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 Seth’s Sheer Brilliance Shone Bright!

We visited Cloudnine Fertility, Malad a few months ago and sought an intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatment to help us conceive. My husband and I met with Dr. Radhika Seth, who patiently heard and understood our case. She recommended the road ahead, while making sure we were comfortable and on the same page. Dr. Seth is a gem of a person! She always welcomed us with a smile and ensured that her diagnosis and treatment approach fit 100%. We were impressed with her warm, encouraging nature. Her sheer brilliance and professionalism shone bright! We are satisfied with the fertility treatment and would recommend Dr. Seth.

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Dr. Indu Madhusudhan’s Treatment Did Wonders!

Our journey at Cloudnine Fertility, Jayanagar was remarkably good, through conception and beyond. Dr. Indu’s treatment did wonders and the staff too was caring and friendly. We’re super happy with the overall experience.

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Cloudnine Fertility, Jayanagar Has a  Positive, Cohesive Team

Our consultant, Dr. Uma Maheshwari extended all her support during our treatment at Cloudnine Fertility, Jayanagar. The support staff and nurses were friendly and guided us at every step. Moreover, their positive words were extremely reassuring. We would like to thank them all.

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Dr. Uma Maheshwari Fulfilled Our Dream of Conceiving a Baby

Our experience at Cloudnine Fertility, Jayanagar was off to a great start, thanks to Dr. Uma Maheshwari’s words of motivation. We became hopeful about our chances of conception. During each visit, the whole Cloudnine team was helpful and supportive. Many thanks to everyone who was involved in our journey.

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Dr. Reeta Biliangady Stood By Us Like a Pillar of Strength

Our journey at Cloudnine Fertility, Jayanagar – from the day we met Dr. Reeta Biliangady to the day we received the news of being pregnant – has been wonderful! Dr. Biliangady has served as a pillar of strength throughout. We will be eternally grateful to her and the entire Cloudnine team.

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We’re Genuinely Thankful to Dr. Sumana Gurunath

We were welcomed on Cloudnine, Malleswaram with first-class hospitality. Dr. Sumana Gurunath was very kind and handled our case with utmost care. Her fertility treatment was successful. We are genuinely thankful to everyone who made our journey awesome!

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Dr. Manju Nair Is a Ray of Hope for Childless Couples

Without a doubt, Dr. Manju Nair is the best fertility specialist we’ve ever met! She’s a ray of hope for couples trying to conceive. Her positive, considerate nature made our experience priceless. We wish for her to continue with her sterling treatments and brighten others’ lives just like she did ours! A big thanks to her for everything!

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Dr. Manju Nair Brought Back Our Long-lost Smiles!

It has been a real pleasure to consult Dr. Manju Nair, who always has a calming effect on our stressed minds. She has restored our long-lost smiles, for which we shall be eternally grateful. Thank you for your super successful treatment, Dr. Nair; we are over the moon!

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Dr. Manju Nair Has Served As Our Angel On Earth!

I’d like to thank Dr. Manju Nair for her wonderful treatment and for truly elevating us to ‘Cloudnine’. Her positive words fuelled our confidence during the treatment process and I’m happy to share that I’m now two months pregnant. Dr. Nair has served as our angel on earth!
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Today, We Are Truly ‘On Cloudnine’ Thanks to Dr. Manju Nair’s Fertility Treatment

When we entered Cloudnine Fertility, Old Airport Road for our first visit, we were confused and scared. But as soon as we met Dr. Manju Nair, we were given the reassurance that we needed. She gave us comfort and confidence and explained everything in detail with a smile on her face. She was our ray of hope and has truly been a blessing in disguise for us. She was always reachable and always responded swiftly. Today, we are truly ‘on Cloudnine’ only because of her and her amazing team. We are eagerly counting down to the day we will welcome the newest member of our family!

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