What is Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)?

What is Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)?

What is Infertility?

Infertility is defined as not being able to achieve a pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse between a man and a woman. Around 15% of couples in Singapore faced infertility [1]. Fortunately, there are various ways to treat infertility. ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) is one of the treatment methods to overcome infertility.


What Is ICSI Treatment?

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a specialised form of In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) that is often used including for the treatment of severe cases of male-factor infertility. In the ICSI process, a tiny needle called a micropipette is used to inject a single sperm into the center of the egg. Once fertilisation occurs, the fertilised egg (now called an embryo) grows in a laboratory for 1 to 5 days before it is transferred to the woman’s uterus.


[1] Chandra, A. M. (n.d.). Infertility in Women: Causes and Treatment Options. HealthXchange. Retrieved January 20, 2023, from https://www.healthxchange.sg/women/pre-pregnancy/infertility-women-causes-treatment#:~:text=About%2015%20per%20cent%20of,problem%20lies%20with%20both%20partners.

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