ProCrea | ICSI – Assisted Fertilisation | Lugano
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ICSI for assisted fertilisation

A TECHNIQUE AGAINST MALE INFERTILITY

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ICSI is a technique for assisted fertilisation developed in the mid-90s to overcome the serious problems of male infertility. The process of fertilisation occurs by means of the injecting of a single spermatozoon inside the oocyte, using a fine needle and with the help of a sophisticated microscope.

ICSI therapy is indicated when there is a serious problem of male infertility due to a marked reduction in concentration, mobility or shape of the spermatozoa, or the presence of auto-antibodies that act against them.

ICSI is also used for spermatozoa recovered from urine, for retrograde ejaculations and for patients with anejaculation due to disabilities or medical treatment (chemo and radio therapy). Furthermore, ICSI is used in all cases of TESE, microTESE and MESA.

IN DETAIL

1 OVARIAN STIMULATION
The follicles containing oocytes are induced by means of subcutaneous injections. The patient's ovarian response is monitored with ultrasound scans to evaluate the number and size of the follicles and blood samples taken to check the level of the hormones.

2 OVOCYTORY COLLECTION (PICK UP)
The oocytes are aspirated with a fine needle under transvaginal ultrasound. This operation lasts 10-15 minutes and is carried out in the operating room under sedation, without any pain. The patient is discharged approximately two hours afterwards.

3 ICSI
A spermatozoon is inserted into each ovule via intracytoplasmic injection.

4 EMBRYO TRANSFER
The embryos are transferred into the uterine cavity via use of a thin catheter. The operation is rapid, painless and only lasts a few minutes. Normally only one or two embryos are transferred to avoid the risk of triple pregnancies.

HOW
ICSI – the acronym for Intracytoplasmic sperm injection –understood as a microinjection of a spermatozoon directly into the oocyte, is an advanced assisted fertilisation technique. The woman undergoes ovarian stimulation to facilitate the production of mature oocytes.

WHEN
The treatment is divided into three phases, first the preparation with ovarian stimulation which leads to the oocyte retrieval performed in the operating room under sedation and without any pain, then the ICSI with the partner’s sperm and finally the embryo transfer through a thin catheter, a quick and painless procedure.

COSTS
ICSI costs vary according to the number of cycles necessary. The first cycle with the partner's sperm costs EUR 5,600, whereas with donor sperm it costs EUR 5,900. Costs decrease as the treatment cycles progress. For all details on the treatment and everything included in the costs, we suggest you visit the Fees section.

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