If you are struggling with infertility, then assisted reproductive technology (ART) may help you have a child of your own. ART can help intended parents achieve pregnancy, and parents can use it with surrogacy if an intended mother can not carry a baby in her own womb.
Most intended parents who struggle with infertility become familiar with in vitro fertilization (IVF), which is the most common form of ART used to treat infertility and fertilize an embryo outside of the uterus. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), however, is a specialized form of IVF that can address severe forms of male infertility.
If you or your partner is struggling with male infertility, ICSI may be a good option to consider. Our team at Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. can discuss ICSI treatment with you and give you the information needed to move forward in your journey to parenthood.
Who Is a Candidate for ICSI?
ICSI works similarly to IVF, except during ICSI, a single sperm is directly inserted into a mature egg to achieve fertilization. ICSI treatment is recommended for those who have abnormally shaped sperm, those with slow-moving sperm, those with a low sperm count, those who have gone through a vasectomy reversal, or those who have antisperm antibodies in their system.
Candidates for ICSI have male infertility issues that typically prevent IVF from working on its own, because even when the sperm and egg are placed in a laboratory dish together, the sperm can not fertilize the egg without assistance.
Success Rate of ICSI
The success rate of fertilization is between 50 and 80 percent when using ICSI treatment. Even when sperm is injected directly into a mature egg, fertilization is not guaranteed. A fertilized embryo also does not guarantee a successful pregnancy.
Many are hesitant to try ICSI treatment because the procedure has slightly higher risks of birth defects than traditional IVF. Because the egg is handled more closely, it can sometimes be damaged during the ICSI process.
Consult a Pittsburgh Surrogacy Center
If you are having trouble conceiving and have exhausted or excluded other ART options, then ICSI treatment may be worth considering. Using ICSI with surrogacy is also a viable option. To learn more about ICSI and surrogacy, reach out to our team at Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. by calling 412-281-9906 or by clicking on the button at the top of the page to schedule a free consultation.