Broadly speaking, an ICSI procedure involves 8 crucial steps in total. The last four include:
- Sperm microinjection: A sperm cell is manually injected into the egg cytoplasm.
- Endometrial preparation: The woman is administered extra hormones to prepare her endometrial lining for implantation.
- Embryo culture: The embryos are cultured in the IVF lab to evaluate their development. Those with the best implantation potential will be selected for the transfer.
- Embryo transfer: The embryo or embryos selected are placed into the woman's womb.
Finally, you will only have to wait about 12-15 days until the pregnancy test is performed, a period commonly known as two week wait.
By Aitziber Domingo Bilbao B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist), Gustavo Daniel Carti M.D. (gynecologist), Joel G. Brasch M.D. (gynecologist), Marta Barranquero Gómez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist), Miguel Dolz Arroyo M.D., Ph.D. (gynecologist), Rebeca Reus BSc, MSc (embryologist), Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist), Susana Cortés Gallego B.Sc., Ph.D. (senior embryologist), Zaira Salvador B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist) and Michelle Lorraine Embleton B.Sc. Ph.D. (biochemist).
Last Update: 11/30/2021