ICSI costs $3–$5k but only improves birth rates in specific circumstances (hint: it’s not as simple as “helps with male factor”). We break down when it’s truly helpful.
Experts you'll learn from
What you'll learn
We cover how male factor, non-male factor, poor responders, advanced maternal age, patients using PGS, and others respond to ICSI versus Conventional Insemination. We take a closer look at the specific metrics, like ICSI fertilization rate, needed to quantify a laboratory’s ability. We also delve into the data about how ICSI may increase the rate of birth defects and the urogenital impact to male offspring. We cite over 40 studies and use insights gleaned from interviews with embryologists, andrologists, reproductive urologists and reproductive endocrinologists.
Course Syllabus6 Lessons1h 32m
- Lesson 1 (2 min)Introducing ICSI & Course PlanIn this lesson we'll cover:
- Lesson 2 (10 min)What is ICSI?
- Lesson 3 (45 min)Who Needs ICSI & Who Doesn’t?In this lesson we'll cover:
- When is ICSI Necessary?
- A Word About The Trials For ICSI
- Male Factor: ICSI Always Used, Not Always Needed
- Non-Male Factor: Often Used, Rarely Needed
- Unexplained Infertility
- Poor Responders (Few Oocytes Retrieved)
- Advanced Maternal Age (38 and older)
- Previous TFF or Low Fertilization (<25% of eggs fertilized)
- Tubal Factor
- Cryopreserved Eggs
- Cryopreserved Sperm
- Possible Reasons ICSI Overprescribed
- Pro Tips
- Lesson 4 (20 min)Risks of ICSI
- Lesson 5 (10 min)Is ICSI Required For PGT-A & PGT-M or PGT-SR?
- Lesson 6 (5 min)Understanding ICSI's Costs