Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)

Intractoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a technique that has been developed to maximise the chance of fertilisation. The technique involves injecting a single sperm into the centre of each oocyte (egg).

During ICSI, the sperm doesn’t have to travel to the egg or successfully penetrate the layers of cumulus cells or outer layers of the egg. Instead, our scientists use sperm microinjection to inject a single sperm directly into the cytoplasm of the egg.

At the clinic we use a medium called Sperm Slow™ during sperm selection. This medium contains hyaluronan (HA) which binds sperm that are more likely to have normal DNA and thus allows selection of these bound sperm for injection. By selecting the sperm that are bound to HA and using them for ICSI, the embryologists are preferentially using the better-quality, more mature sperm. This technique is also known as PICSI and we use it as standard practice with no additional cost to the patient.

The treated oocytes (eggs) are checked the day after the ICSI procedure to see if fertilisation has occurred.


Illustrated Guide

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For full details on the IVF treatment procedure and the lowdown on what to expect, head to our IVF page.



  • People wishing to have assisted reproductive treatment in Victoria must undergo a criminal records check and child protection order check. For further information please visit our page Legislative Requirements – Victoria.
  • All treatment procedures are carried out in our RTAC (Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee) accredited fertility clinics, where gametes (eggs/sperm) and embryos are also stored.


What are the Potential Risks?

For the egg: as ICSI is more invasive and requires more handling than standard IVF insemination techniques, there is a small chance (<5%) that the egg may be damaged during the procedure – resulting in a non-viable egg.

Women contemplating fertility treatment should be aware of the possible risks, some of which are comparable to those of elective surgery. We encourage you to discuss these with your treating specialist.



At Rainbow Fertility, our specialists have extensive experience in helping create LGBTI families. Feel free to contact our friendly team to learn more about our donor program and the fertility treatment options available to you.

Call: 1300 222 623



Current as at 01.02.2016

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