Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is and advanced assisted reproductive technology designed to help individuals and couples overcome fertility challenges.

ICSI is a specialised form of IVF where a single sperm is directly injected into an egg, particularly beneficial in cases of male factor infertility.

Who Is Suitable For ICSI?

ICSI is a specialized fertility treatment ideal for couples facing male fertility factors that may hinder the fertilization process during conventional IVF. Men with low sperm count, poor sperm motility, or abnormal sperm morphology may benefit from ICSI.

Additionally, couples who have experienced failed fertilization attempts with traditional IVF due to male factor issues can also consider ICSI as an effective solution.

At First IVF, our skilled fertility specialists carefully assess each individual case to determine the most suitable treatment plan, including whether ICSI is the right option for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and explore how ICSI can help you achieve your dream of parenthood

What's the Difference Between IVF & ICSI?

The primary difference between IVF and ICSI lies in the method of fertilization. While IVF relies on natural sperm penetration of the egg in a laboratory dish, ICSI involves the direct injection of a single sperm into the egg.

What Does ICSI Involve?

Step 1 - Ovarian Stimulation

The process begins with ovarian stimulation, where fertility medications are administered to encourage the development of multiple eggs. Close monitoring ensures optimal follicle growth, and hormone levels are tracked through blood tests and ultrasounds.

Throughout the stimulation phase, our dedicated team provides continuous support and monitors your progress closely. Adjustments to medication dosage may be made based on real-time assessments, ensuring the best possible conditions for egg maturation.

Once the eggs reach the desired maturity, a minor surgical procedure, known as egg retrieval, is performed. Simultaneously, the male partner provides a sperm sample or a donor’s sperm is taken. These components are then processed in the laboratory for the upcoming stages.

In the laboratory, mature eggs are combined with sperm through a process called insemination. This step mimics the natural fertilization process, allowing the sperm to penetrate the egg and initiate fertilization.

Following insemination, the embryologist monitors fertilization and tracks embryo development. Culturing the embryos for several days allows the team to identify viable and healthy embryos for potential transfer.

In this pivotal step, one or more selected embryos are transferred into the uterus. The procedure is usually quick and minimally invasive. The number of embryos transferred is determined based on factors like age, health, and specific fertility circumstances.

Approximately 10-14 days after embryo transfer, a pregnancy test is conducted to determine the success of the procedure. Regardless of the outcome, First IVF remains steadfast in providing emotional support, guidance, and further consultations to address any concerns or plan for the next steps.

How Can I Find Out if I am a Suitable Candidate for ICSI?

You can contact us by phone, email or through our appointment form below. We also accept GP referrals.

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Frequently Asked Question

Q1: How Do I Schedule an Initial Consultation?

A: To schedule an initial consultation, please contact our clinic directly via phone, email, or through our appointment request form. You may also ask your general practitioner or healthcare provider for a referral.

A: We offer a range of fertility services, including but not limited to IVF, IUI, egg freezing, and donor programs. Our experienced team will guide you through the available options based on your individual needs.

A: Infertility can result from various factors. If you’ve been actively trying to conceive for a year (or six months if you’re over 35) without success, or if you have known fertility issues, it’s advisable to seek consultation. Both partners should undergo initial assessments to determine the cause.

A: The process varies based on the chosen treatment, but generally involves an initial consultation, diagnostic testing, personalized treatment planning, and, if needed, assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF or IUI. Our team will guide you through each step.

A: Our team can discuss available financing options, and we recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand coverage details.

As of 2023, patients may avail of publicly funded IVF, IUI, or ICSI treatments through the HSE if they meet the eligibility criteria. 

A: Success rates can vary based on individual circumstances. During your consultation, we will provide you with personalized information based on your medical history and the specific treatment plan.

A: We welcome both couples and single individuals seeking fertility assistance. Our team provides support and guidance to individuals with diverse family-building goals.

A: Fertility treatments can be emotionally challenging, and the physical aspects vary. Our team is committed to providing compassionate care and support throughout your fertility journey.

A: Adopting a healthy lifestyle can positively impact fertility. Our team will provide guidance on factors such as nutrition, exercise, and stress management to optimize your chances of conception.

A: Patient confidentiality is a top priority. We adhere to strict privacy standards, and all information shared with our clinic is kept confidential.


We Offer High Success Rates!

With both frozen and fresh embryo transfer options available, we tailor our approach to suit each individual’s needs, maximising the chances of conception. Find our more about how our dedicated team of experts utilizes cutting-edge technology and personalised care to achieve outstanding results.


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