Double-headed sperm are non-viable. They are unable to fertilize the egg and result in viable embryos. Thus, they are always dismissed in IVF cycles. When a sperm has two heads, the genetic material is also duplicated, which results in triploid embryos. When this happens, embryonic arrest occurs a few days following fertilization anyway.
What happens if a sperm has two heads?
By Zaira Salvador B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 11/27/2018
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)