Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a method of insemination developed in the early 1990’s that provided a solution and treatment for couples with severe male factor infertility.

This method differs from the traditional method of insemination (Standard-IVF) which involves combining 50-100 thousand sperm with eggs in a petri dish and checking for fertilisation 15-18 hrs later. 

Indications for the ICSI method are:

Severely low sperm count

Abnormal sperm morphology

Poor sperm motility 

Previous IVF treatment with no or poor fertilization

Sperm collected by surgical methods

Vitrified (frozen) eggs

As with all procedures, there are risks with ICSI:

  • Eggs may be damaged during the ICSI procedure
  • Not all eggs collected may be suitable for injection
  • If the source of male infertility is due to a genetic condition, offspring conceived by ICSI may inherit the condition

Contact Us

The Hugh Wynter Fertility
Management Unit
The University of the West Indies
Mona Campus,
Kingston 7

Direct: (876) 970-2388
Fax: (876) 927-0253