Several people have asked us about ICSI, the procedure used in yesterday's egg retrieval. ICSI is a procedure used to assist in the fertilization process. ICSI is short for Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection, and means that a single sperm is placed directly inside the egg using micromanipulation equipment. ICSI has really revolutionized IVF over the last few years and improves fertilization rates in an IVF cycle.
Once eggs are retrieved and sperm are collected, the embryologist uses a tiny pipette to secure the egg and injects a single sperm into the egg's cytoplasm. Remarkably, when the needle is withdrawn, the egg will re-seal and assume its original shape. The resulting embryo is observed for normal cell division and, when appropriate, transferred into the uterus. This will probably be Thursday for us!!
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