IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) +/- ICSI (Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection)
Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a special addition to IVF treatment where fertilisation is achieved by physically inserting a single sperm into the egg. In simple IVF it is done by simply mixing prepared sperm and the egg and “let the best sperm win”
ICSI has revolutionised IVF treatment especially enabling those men with low sperm counts to have their own genetic children. Sperm obtained from the collecting tubule system in the testes or even sperm directly taken from the testes can be used for fertilisation with ICSI.
ICSI has been particularly good for those couples who for religious reasons could not use donor sperm or adopt babies
ICSI is simply a step added on to the regular IVF treatment, which has been explained in details elsewhere in this site.
Who needs ICSI ?
The following are the common reasons for doing ICSI
1. Very low sperm counts (oligo-zoo spermia) or high proportion of abnormal sperms
2. In cases of blocked (or absent) vas deferens (tubes that carry sperm from testes to the urethra. Men who are carriers of cystic fibrosis typically have absent vas deferens
3. Failed fertilisation in previous attempts of IVF
4. Few eggs obtained at IVF egg collection.
Is ICSI safe ?
Best of both worlds– Local expert care and best of labs for high success rate
Our centre is run by experts who are local to you and who have been doing IVF for dozens of years. You thus get one-to-one care without having to wait travel to central London and wait for hours in the waiting rooms. Our doctors do their own scans so there is the personalised care. And you see the same doctor every time!
Since we use a well established and experienced centre in central London with a well established embryology laboratory, we benefit from the high quality assurance programme they have.
You also end up getting 2 sets of experts (our team and the central lab team) who discuss and agree on the best plan for your treatment.
Save on travel time and cost
IVF treatment includes a lot of visits – consultations and follicle monitoring scans etc. All this happens at our centre close to where you live / work. You need to visit our parent centre London Women’s Clinic in Harley Street (LWC) only twice, once for egg collection and then for embryo transfer.
Even at the LWC your own doctor from our centre will be treating you, so there is a total continuity of care.
Personalized care and best value for your money
We like to keep our prices most competitive. When you add up all the conveniences and level of service, you will agree it is most reasonable and indeed value for money.
Firstly you save money by not having to take time off work. We regularly consult in the late afternoons and evenings and even weekends as well. Since we are local to you, you don’t travel all the way to central London wasting your time and spending on exorbitant car parking costs
We also don’t charge for every consultation and every phone call you make to our doctors. Once you are in the treatment programme, all our scans or calls or WA chats are included in the price.
Since we give you a prescription and not provide medicines from the centre, you are welcome to choose the most economical pharmacist.