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Is there any difference in the stimulation step if you use IVF or ICSI?

By Andrea Rodrigo B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 10/25/2018

No, the treatment followed is the same at this point. Broadly speaking, the main steps of both conventional IVF and ICSI are:

  • Ovarian stimulation
  • Egg retrieval
  • Semen preparation
  • Egg fertilization, whether conventionally or using ICSI
  • Fertilization follow-up
  • Embryo culture
  • Endometrial preparation
  • Embryo transfer
  • Cryopreservation of unused embryos
 Andrea Rodrigo
Andrea Rodrigo
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.