Advantages and Disadvantages of ICSI

Parenthood is something that every couple loves to embrace. It is what makes your life complete. However, many couples face problems in achieving pregnancy and their dream turns into a nightmare. Sometimes you might not achieve the result even by IVF. This is where ICSI proves to be of great help. While people are quite aware of the IVF treatment, there are still ambiguities about the ICSI. 

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Advantages of ICSI

ICSI treatment is boon to the couples who are not able to conceive naturally. There are many situations where the treatment is beneficial.

  • The treatment is ideal in cases where a man’s ejaculate does not contain sperm despite their production.
  • It helps couples getting pregnant in conditions like low sperm count, abnormal shape of sperm, poor motility of sperm, and physical blockage.
  • If fertilization is not achieved by IVF, ICSI is used in the next IVF cycle to enhance the chances of fertilization. It also helps if you wish for pregnancy post-vasectomy.
  • Sometimes frozen sperms do not seem active or the eggs become hard by freezing. ICSI is a great option to overcome these complications.
  • In the case of Pre-implementation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) with IVF, to genetically screen embryos, sperms that have not fertilized the egg also surround the embryo. This can result in inaccurate results of PGD. ICSI ensures that non-participating sperms do not influence the diagnosis.
  • If during IVF, eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and their last maturation stage is completed in the laboratory, ICSI considerably improves the rate of fertilization.


Disadvantages of ICSI

ICSI is considered as a low-risk treatment. Although it is an advanced procedure, it is also associated with some disadvantages and risks.

  • Embryo damage: There are chances that an egg does not end up into a healthy embryo after fertilization. Some eggs and embryos can get damaged during the procedure.
  • Pregnancy with multiples: If ICSI is used along with IVF, chances of conceiving twins or triplets are more. Mothers pregnant with multiples often face complications in pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Birth defect: The chances of birth defects are slightly higher in ICSI as compared to normal pregnancy. However, these issues are rare.