How to Prepare for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

The Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection is a treatment that may be employed in the course of an in vitro fertilization. The procedure is mostly recommended when the quality of the sperm is questionable or when the couple would like to choose the sex of the baby. The preparation stage for the Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection includes a few steps.

Preparing for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

The Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection is performed on 1 or several mature eggs, which are extracted from the mother’s ovaries. However, in most cases, before the eggs are removed, the woman will have to get medication treatment, which will induce the production and maturation of the eggs, so that the Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection can be possible.

The parents to be should also have a balanced diet and a few vitamins, which should support fertility. The partners/donors should avoid drinking caffeine, alcoholic beverages and smoking (even second hand smoking), as all these factors may influence the quality of the eggs/semen and ultimately the outcome of the Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection treatment.

To be fully prepared, the couple should also get informed about the Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection treatment. Before the egg is injected with a sperm cell, the woman will have to undergo a short procedure that takes 20 minutes on average. The eggs will be extracted from the ovaries, but this procedure involves anesthesia, so it won’t be painful. The man will donate the sperm, which may happen anytime before the Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection procedure, as the sperm can be frozen.

The actual Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection will happen in a lab dish, within 4 hours after the retrieval of the eggs.