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ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection)

ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) is a variation of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). During ICSI, a single sperm is injected directly into an egg, in order to fertilise it.



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The wild east and the worried west: pioneers or outlaws?

15 January 2018 - by Dr Danielle Griffith

'The Wild East and the Worried West: Pioneers or Outlaws?’ was the third session of the Progress Educational Trust's (PET) Annual Conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction'... [Read More]

Sperm 'obstacle course' could improve IVF success

08 January 2018 - by Dr Rachel Brown

An obstacle course has been developed by scientists in the United States which can select the fastest and healthiest sperm to use in assisted reproductive techniques. 

Sperm, eggs and embryos: how do we define them as science offers new possibilities?

18 December 2017 - by Dr Avi Lerner

The Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s Annual Conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction' discussed some of the most important ethical and scientific questions facing human reproduction. The first session, chaired by Sarah Norcross, the Director of PET, tackled the very fundamentals. What is a sperm? What is an egg? And what is an embryo?... [Read More]

IVF and ICSI linked to congenital heart defects in children

27 November 2017 - by Georgia Everett

Children conceived using assisted reproductive techniques have a greater risk of congenital heart defects compared with children born through spontaneous conception, according to research... [Read More]

Lack of vitamin D linked to lower birth rates after fertility treatment

20 November 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe

Women who had fertility treatments were a third less likely to deliver a baby if they had low levels of vitamin D, compared with women who sufficient vitamin D, a review study has found... [Read More]

Act now to investigate male infertility, urges expert

16 October 2017 - by Annabel Slater

An expert in male fertility has called for urgent research into the stark decline reported in Western sperm counts... [Read More]

One IVF pregnancy raises chance of second time success

25 September 2017 - by Chandni Patel

Women who miscarry during their first IVF cycle still have a higher chance of a live birth with subsequent treatment, compared with women who do not get pregnant after their first round... [Read More]

Tough times should not affect access to fertility treatments in Northern Ireland

18 September 2017 - by Dr Michelle Rodgers

In 1948, UK health secretary Aneurin Bevan spearheaded the creation of the National Health Service with the aim of providing healthcare access to all, irrespective of a patient's financial situation. The NHS has since become the world's largest publicly funded health service... [Read More]

Costs of IVF in Australia: Downward trends shall continue

11 September 2017 - by Professor Alan Trounson and Dr Karin Hammarberg

In Australia, almost four percent of children are born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies. The comparatively high rate of ART use is in part due to costs being covered by the taxpayer-funded health insurance scheme, Medicare... [Read More]

Disease-causing mutation edited out of human embryos

07 August 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Scientists have published their study confirming they are the first to correct a disease-causing mutation in human embryos using genome editing... [Read More]

Fertility provider declares £15 million IVF cash boost in UK

24 July 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Spanish fertility treatment provider IVI announced they have invested £15 million into the UK this year... [Read More]

Mitochondrial replacement techniques, Mexico and the legal unknowns

24 April 2017 - by Dr César Palacios-González

It is not every day that we can examine the details of the first use of a new reproductive technology. But the first live birth of a baby following the use of a mitochondrial replacement technique (MRT) in IVF last year gives a window into just this. The case – with procedures carried out in both the US and Mexico – also raises legal questions... [Read More]

IVF add-ons: A perspective from a non-profit charity

20 March 2017 - by Dr Avi Lerner

Following the Panorama documentary on IVF 'add-ons', there has been a great deal of discussion about the potential for conflicts of interest in the fertility industry... [Read More]

Sperm mix-up involving 26 women at Dutch IVF clinic

09 January 2017 - by Georgia Everett

A Dutch IVF clinic is currently under investigation after it came to light that dozens of its patients might have been fertilised by the wrong sperm – half of whom are pregnant or have already given birth... [Read More]

Regeneration of oocytes from discarded genetic material: will this double IVF success rates?

28 November 2016 - by Dr Philip Lewis and Professor Daniel Brison

A major factor limiting the effectiveness of IVF is the availability of high-quality egg cells from a patient. But new research suggests that the use of polar bodies might create two oocytes for the price of one... [Read More]

Online calculator predicts IVF success

21 November 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

An online calculator that can estimate the cumulative success rate of IVF over multiple cycles has been released... [Read More]

Age does not increase risk of IVF or ICSI birth defects

24 October 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck

Bearing a child at a higher age does not increase risk of birth defects when the woman has received IVF or ICSI treatment to become pregnant, a recent study suggests... [Read More]

Artificial sweeteners may reduce fertility

24 October 2016 - by Annabel Slater

Artificial sweeteners found in soft drinks may reduce female fertility, a study suggests... [Read More]

Boys born through ICSI have lower sperm counts

10 October 2016 - by Rikita Patel

The first generation of men born through intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) have lower sperm counts, according to a small study... [Read More]

Semen quality of ICSI-born males – not as bad as we thought

10 October 2016 - by Professor Allan Pacey

The finding that men who were conceived as a result of ICSI have lower sperm counts is not surprising, but the good news is that they are not as low as might have been expected... [Read More]

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