In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the process by which oocytes (eggs) are fertilized by sperm in a laboratory and the resulting embryo(s) are transferred back into the uterus at a time which is associated with optimal implantation. ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) entails selecting a single sperm and injecting each oocyte singly. This is beneficial for couples with diagnoses complicated by severe male factor.
ICSI, AH & Genetic Testing
Based on a couple’s individual situation, techniques like Intracytoplasmic Injection (ICSI) or Assisted Hatching (AH) may be recommended. Women over 38 years old or with a history of previous failed implantation or cases of severe male factor may benefit from these techniques.
An Embryo Quality Assessment will also help determine the best way for a couple to start their family. The most likely cause of a failed IVF cycle relates to embryo quality. This is dictated partly by the stimulation cycle itself but by far is related to the underlying diagnosis and age of the patient.
Genetic testing can identify certain genetic conditions in an embryo before it is transferred back into the female patient.