Are you having difficulties in getting pregnant and want to know more about the pregnancy treatments. Here we elaborate more on the difference between IVF and ICSI treatments.

What is an IVF Treatement ?

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IVF is called as In Vitro Fertilization is a process that can help you to fulfil your desire to have children. IVF is the treatment used to overcome the chances of reduced fertility. This literally means fertilization in a glass also called as test tube fertilization.

This fertilization does not take place in the fallopian tube, but in a glass dish or a test tube in the laboratory.  In this dish, eggs are brought closer to the sperm in the fertility laboratory. The dish then goes into an incubator to allow fertilization and embryo division. Then 1 or 2 embryos are transferred back into the uterus, in the hope that 1 embryo will implant and grow into a healthy child.
During a normal menstrual cycle, only one egg matures in the ovaries each month. In the IVF treatment, hormonal stimulation tries to allow several (five to fifteen) eggs to mature simultaneously in order to increase the chance of success.

Who is eligible for IVF?

You may be eligible for IVF if you and / or your partner have:

  • blocked or removed fallopian tubes;
  • absence of pregnancy for a longer period of time without a cause being found, also depends on your age and other factors;
  • absence of pregnancy after at least twelve donor inseminations;
  • severe endometriosis;
  • reduced sperm quality of the partner;
  • hormonal disorders;
  • decreased ovarian function;
  • egg donation, for example if your ovaries do not produce (good) eggs.

What is ICSI Treatment?

ICSI is referred to as Intracytoplasmic sperm injection. It is a form of IVF treatment which is similar to the IVF treatment. Only the laboratory part is different.

In ICSI, one sperm cell is introduced into all obtained eggs using a very thin glass tube (pipette). This means the injection of the sperm into egg under microscopic conditions. Eggs are placed in a dish with culture fluid after injection. The dish is then kept in an incubator. After a few days an embryo can be placed in the uterus.

Who is eligible for ICSI ?

You may be eligible for ICSI if you and / or your partner have:

  • a very low sperm count, that is, less than 1 million moving sperm in the total processed semen sample; this semen is not suitable for IVF;
  • the failure to fertilize all eggs during IVF treatment;
  • fertilization of less than 20 percent of the eggs during IVF treatment.

Want to know more about different phases of IVF and ICSI? Follow our blog here.

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