IVF is an assisted reproduction option where eggs are extracted from a woman’s ovaries, sperm is retrieved from the male, and then the egg and sperm are combined in the laboratory to result in fertilization and an embryo. The resulting embryo will be grown and then transferred through the cervix into the woman’s uterus.
Fertilization Standard IVF
After washing and preparation a number of sperm are mixed with an egg in a laboratory dish. They are left a period of time to allow a sperm to fertilize, the fertilized egg is removed, washed and place in culture.
ICSI is a different fertilization method to standard IVF. Instead of letting a number of sperm combine with an egg in a laboratory dish, in ICSI a single washed and selected sperm is picked up and injected directly into an egg.