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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 and then transferring the fertilised egg to the woman's womb.



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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]

IVF more successful for 'white' women

22 August 2016 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

White British women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy through IVF or ICSI than women from other ethnicities in the UK, according to a recent study... [Read More]

One in three couples conceive naturally after IVF failure

01 August 2016 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

Around one in three women conceive naturally in the six years after discontinuing fertility treatment, an internet survey of over 400 women has found... [Read More]

Fertility treatment provision in England violates NHS first principles

20 June 2016 - by Stephen Harbottle

Since its launch in 1948, the NHS has become the world's largest publicly funded health service and a beacon of what is possible to the rest of the world. Unless, it seems, you are finding it hard to conceive... [Read More]

Expensive form of IVF is overused, says fertility journal editor

31 May 2016 - by Sarah Gregory

The editor-in-chief of Human Reproduction has criticised the overuse of ICSI, following a world report into the use of assisted reproduction technologies... [Read More]

Bedfordshire CCG considers removing all funding for IVF

18 April 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is consulting the public on whether to remove all funding for IVF treatment, apart from for special medical exceptions... [Read More]

Scientist warns of 'timebomb' of health problems for IVF babies

22 February 2016 - by Ryan Ross

The use of IVF technologies could be storing up future health problems for children born through the technique, according to an evolutionary biologist... [Read More]

Genetic test 'could predict IVF success'

01 February 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Researchers from the UK and the Netherlands have identified a 'genetic signature' in the womb that could help explain repeated IVF failure in some women.... [Read More]

Fertility treatments do not increase risk of developmental delay

11 January 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe

Children conceived using IVF and other fertility treatments are at no greater risk of developmental delays than children conceived naturally, according to a large US study... [Read More]

Natural killer cells and fertility: unwarranted treatments flourish amid misinformation and poor regulation

09 November 2015 - by Dr Norman Shreeve

In recent years a range of treatments aimed at suppressing uterine natural killer activity have sprung up, but this has no scientific rationale and can have significant and dangerous side effects... [Read More]

Spermatid injection technique allows 'sterile' men to become fathers

09 November 2015 - by Isobel Steer

Men previously considered sterile have successfully fathered children thanks to a newly improved technique called round spermatid injection (ROSI)... [Read More]

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