IVF treatment is one of the most popular fertility treatments around, but how are an IMSI and IVF used together?
Intracytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Sperm Injection (IMSI), is a very in-depth procedure as it uses a very high-powered lens to analyse sperm in great detail, to discover whether it’s suitable for pregnancy.
The good quality sperm is injected into the egg to benefit the chances of conception.
It’s a treatment recommended for men with sperm quality issues, but certain groups of people may be more likely to require IMSI than others.
Find out more and discover how IMSI alongside IVF can assist you.
As you age, the amount of good sperm you produce naturally become fewer in number. By using an IMSI with IVF treatment, the good sperm you have remaining can be chosen to inject into an embryo.
In fact, for men who’ve passed the age of 40, the shape and movement of their sperm make fertility more difficult.
This perfectly highlights the importance of selecting quality sperm via IMSI.
Low quality or abnormal sperm
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Abnormal sperm is defined as sperm that is unusual in terms of shape and size.
You may be surprised to discover that the majority of men have abnormal sperm, with the average man only having between 4%-15% normal sperm.
For those with more abnormal sperm than others, this in no way, rules out the chances of conception.
IMSI is a great alternative that can be considered alongside IVF to speed up the process.
Couples creating poor quality embryos
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Unfortunately, even where your partner has suitable eggs, embryos of good quality can sometimes remain difficult to achieve during a cycle.
The quality of embryos can falter due to poor sperm quality but once again, this issue can be resolved with IMSI treatment.
This form of assisted conception selects sperm that are void of abnormalities, giving the embryo an enhanced quality.
Couples with a history of miscarriages
Sadly, for around a quarter of couples, they will suffer the heartache of one or multiple miscarriages and this can happen for multiple reasons.
One of the most common causes is the quality of sperm provided from the male partner. This can be affected by certain lifestyle choices such as drug use and alcohol consumption, as well as mental issues such as stress or anxiety.
IMSI treatment can benefit those with a poor sperm count, as good sperm is quickly selected thanks to due to accurate and measured testing.
This significantly improve your chances of conception and in turn, lowers the odds of further miscarriages.
Are you are struggling to achieve a successful pregnancy? Book a consultation here at Reproductive Health Group to find out whether an IMSI alongside IVF treatment is the ideal solution for you.