Dr Gautam Allahbadia on what is ICSI & how is it beneficial?

Tags: 
Dr Gautam Allahbadia MumbaiDr Gautam AllahbadiaICSIassisted reproduction

According to the World Health Organization, the incidence of infertility is about 10% worldwide. The WHO data has further concluded that in most developing countries, one out of four ever-married couples of reproductive age are infertile because of primary or secondary infertility. Misconceptions are very common in the world of infertility.

One popular myth is that infertility is the “woman’s problem” and once that problem is fixed, the couple will be able to conceive. This is far from the truth. Data collected over the last twenty years reveal that infertility is due to a male factor in almost 30% of cases. In another 30% of cases there is a combined male and female factor. Therefore, the male factor is at least partly responsible in about 60% of infertile couples.

Stress and environmental pollution are two of the main causes of growing infertility among urban couples. Stress plays a very important role, and often couples conceive when the stress factor is removed from their lives. Late marriages, choosing career over babies, changing food habits, environmental pollution are just some of the subtle factors silently contributing to the growing incidence of infertility. The final nail in the coffin is stress that stems from work, from peers, from relatives and ultimately from the infertility itself, forming a vicious cycle.

Less than a decade ago, treatment for a severe male factor limited to inseminations or IVF using donor sperms. Today, newer advances in male infertility have introduced innovative therapeutic options that offer men, including ones with no sperms in their ejaculate, a greatly improved chance to conceive their own biological child as per Dr Gautam Allahbadia from Mumbai

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection

ICSI is a procedure that can be used as a part of IVF (in vitro fertilization) or test tube baby treatment. It was introduced in 1992 and was welcomed as a breakthrough in fertility treatment where the problem is on the man’s side. Since then, it has become the most successful technique in male infertility treatment, replacing older techniques. In ICSI only one sperm is needed, which is directly injected into each egg to make it fertilize.

Who might benefit?

As per Dr Gautam Allahbadia ,ICSI can offer real hope to couples where the man has a very low sperm count, produces few good quality sperms, or has a problem with anti-sperm antibodies in his semen. In fact it can also help in cases where there are absolutely no sperms in the semen (azoospermia). Sometimes in such cases sperms are actually produced in the testes but do not come out. The man may have had an irreversible vasectomy, or has no sperm in his semen due to missing tubes or blockages in his reproductive organs.

These sperms can be retrieved from the testes directly and used to fertilize the eggs by ICSI. This procedure thus offers an alternative to the use of donor sperms; an option that is preferred by many as it gives them a chance to have their own biological child. Couples who have tried IVF can move on to ICSI if not enough eggs could be retrieved from the female partner; or if fertilization has failed with standard IVF.

How does it help?

With ICSI, the sperm do not have to travel to the egg or penetrate the outer layers of the egg. Therefore it can help men whose sperm are too few, or cannot move properly, or where the sperm can get to the egg, but are unable to fertilize it for some reason. In ICSI each sperm is picked up by a micromanipulator and physically injected into each egg thereby making it fertilize. Two days later the fertilized eggs become balls of cells called embryos. These embryos are then transferred into the lady’s uterus by a fine catheter.

What is the success rate?

The success rate of ICSI is increasing as more and more clinics become experienced in this technique. The overall average success rate for women under 35 years is around 30%.

What are the advantages?

ICSI opens doors to parenthood that were previously closed for couples with a male factor problem. It gives men with absent, few or immotile sperms the chance to have their own biological child, which might not have been possible without this technique. Sperms can also be retrieved from the testes of men who have in the past undergone a vasectomy that now cannot be reversed.

What are the disadvantages?

Nature follows the principle ‘Survival of the fittest’. During normal conception, only the hardiest sperm manage to travel great distances and break through the membrane of an egg to fertilize it. Weaker sperm never make it. Because ICSI bypasses this process of natural selection, critics worry about higher rates of miscarriage, and long-term health & developmental problems for children conceived using whatever sperm are available. Research so far has been reassuring about most potential risks. No impact has been seen on the cognitive and motor skills of children conceived using ICSI.

Author: 
ritika bhakuni

Add new comment

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
1 + 13 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.

Recent Articles

Get Inspire

Inspire Tags

Kamal Hassan (1)Robert Breault (1)Julius Erving (1)Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1)Best astrologer in India (1)Bill Clinton (1)Travis Bradberry (1)Sanjay Dalmia (1)Friendship Quotes (1)benefits of IVF (1)Brian Greene (1)Top 10 Indian CEO’s (1)Amphibious building style (1)Vincent Nichols (1)Apple CEO (1)Steve Jobs Quotes (1)Yehuda Berg (1)Andre Gide (1)education (4)stall designing (1)Micky Ward (1)neet question papers with answers (1)Fathers day quotes (1)study in canada (1)Paul Mellon (1)Business person (1)stall (1)Hope Quotes (1)Poem (1)Alex Morritt (1)wedding photography trends (1)Maya Angelou (1)Team Management Quotes (1)Calvin Coolidge (1)Atlantic Ocean (2)George Horace lorimer (1)Emma Thompson (1)Robert De Niro (1)Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1)Mikaela Shiffrin (1)Helen Keller (1)high speed doors uae (1)Siri Hustvedt (1)Successful woman (1)Service (1)Valentine Day (1)testing lab in delhi (2)Earl Nightingale (1)Naveen Jain (1)M.Scott Peck (1)spectro labs (2)Gilbert K. Chesterton (1)hvac companies in dubai (1)Persistence Quotes (1)Mary Anne Radmacher (1)Alibaba Founder (1)Commitment quotes (1)air conditioning company in dubai (1)Dalai Lama (1)Humor Quotes (1)Louis Pasteur (1)safety equipment suppliers in uae (1)Clare Boothe Luce (1)Voltaire (1)Leo Buscaglia (1)Madonna Ciccone (1)neet mock test papers (1)Anita Roddick (1)lifting equipments manufacturers (2)Wisdom Quotes (1)Henry Ford (1)Money (1)Leonard Cohen (1)Self Driving Car (1)Oliver Sacks (1)C.G. Jung (1)Marriage Quotes (1)Self-Discipline Quotes (1)Inspire (2)PPC (1)Relationship quotes (1)William Butler Yeats (1)Jack Ma (1)Howard Schultz (1)Health (3)Business quotes (1)Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav (1)Marathon (1)Dale Carnegie (1)Aristotle (1)James Humes (1)Dalmia Group (1)W. C. Fields (1)Courage Quotes (1)inspiring (1)Brian Acton (1)Celebrity astrologer in india (1)Mahatma Gandhi (1)Virginia Postrel (1)Paul J.Meyer (1)Invention (1)Quotations on Romance (1)Faith quotes (1)medical emergency (1)chain block manufacturer (2)Orison Swett Marden (1)Albert Schweitzer (1)neet questions chapter wise (1)James Heckman (1)Melody Beattie (1)neet practice papers (1)assisted reproduction (2)plato (1)Soft skills (1)Mark Twain (1)Jeff Hawkins (1)Liz Murray (1)Aesop (1)Shannon L. Alder (1)Larry Bird (1)Love Quotes (1)Arthur C. Clarke (1)Earl Wilson (1)Mireille Guiliano (1)Harvey Mackay (1)Laws of life (1)Vince Lombardi (1)Positive Thinking (1)Matt Cartwright (1)Wilfred Peterson (1)William Feather (1)Drake (1)Eric Ripert (1)Conrad Hilton (1)Swami Vivekananda (2)Entrepreneur (1)B. F. Skinner (1)Adam Grant (1)Conan O Brien (1)Yuval Noah Harari (1)Margaret Heffernan (1)Amit Kalantri (1)Parents day Quotes (1)Leadership Quotes (1)God Quotes (1)John Quincy Adams (1)Sean Swarner Everest Climber (1)cantilever racking supplier (1)Winston S. Churchill (1)Nature Quotes (1)Marty Rubin (1)Construction (1)Jane Addams (1)John D. Rockefeller (1)kolkata hospitals (1)Learning Quotes (1)VIDEO (1)Angela Ruggiero (1)Women Quotes (1)Marya Mannes (1)Jobs (1)Inspiration (3)Ernest Hemingway (1)Self driving car in Bangalore (1)Immigration Quotes (1)Epictetus (1)Kumar Mangalam Birla (1)earth-quake resistant (1)trade show (1)Dr Gautam Allahbadia (18)Jean Paul Friedrich (1)creative (1)Funny Quotes (1)Sudha Chandran (1)SEO services (1)Hunter S. Thompson (1)Sports Quotes (1)Success (10)wedding photographer (1)Nick Vujicic (1)condensing unit (1)Henry J. Kaiser (1)concrete building (1)Farmer (1)Sundeep Kochar (1)Sania Mirza (1)Tom Peters (1)Rod Blagojevich (1)Do it (3)wedding photography (1)Healthy lifestyle blog (1)Robert Gately (1)Jamie Oliver (1)Successful people (1)Knowledge Quotes (1)Jon Oringer (1)Analytical Testing Lab (3)Abraham Lincoln (1)Legal Quotes (1)Fitness Quotes (1)Quotes (1)Vision Quotes (1)results (1)Innovation (1)Never Give Up Quotes (1)Peace Quotes (1)Tony Robbins (1)Thomas Edison (1)Og Mandino (1)Benjamin Franklin (1)Rudyard Kipling (1)Monique Murphy (1)Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1)Marc Benioff (1)H.Jackson Brown (1)Goal Setting Quotes (1)Tom Freston (1)chain sling manufacturer (2)Marvin Bower (1)James Whitcomb Riley (1)Positive Thinking Quotes (1)ccess doors manufacturer (1)Behaviour (1)Andrew Shue (1)Indian Successful CEOs (1)Benjamin Disraeli (1)IVF (8)Integrity Quotes (1)SEO Company (1)team work (1)Games (1)MLM consultant (1)Healthcare (5)Randy Pausch (1)Parents (1)Erykah Badu (1)Success quotations (1)Marathon Racer (1)Mahatma Gandhi Quotes (1)Ferdinand Marcos (1)Alexander Graham Bell (1)air conditioning ducting supplies (1)Henry Wheeler Shaw (1)horizontal life line system (1)canada Universities (1)Humanity (1)Miracle Man (1)Quotations on money (1)Quotes On Travel (1)IVF Specialist in Mumbai (11)Best Overseas Education consultants in UAE (1)study visa (1)Madam Grace Pinto (1)Stephen Covey (1)Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1)Shari Arison (1)Poorna Malavath (1)Scilla Elworthy (1)Running (2)Mark Frauenfelder (1)Steven Wright (1)Gerald Chertavian (1)Time management skills (1)Dr Goral Gandhi (1)Douglas Adams (1)Alan Greenspan (1)Patrick Henry Hughes (1)Communication Quotes (1)Jessica cox (1)air conditioning companies in dubai (1)Ryan International School (3)Oscar Wilde (1)Salman F Rahman (1)Building (1)Erma Bombeck (1)Laurence J. Peter (1)neet mock test (1)Lee Atwater (1)Damian Woetzel (1)Charles Lamb (1)Rabindranath Tagore (1)Embryologist (1)Vincent Van Gogh (1)Health quotes (1)Failure Management (1)Thad Cochran (1)assisted hatching (1)William Makepeace Tahckeray (1)New Year (1)Honesty Quotes (1)Passion Quotes (1)Do the work (1)Groucho Marx (1)hygiene unit (1)Vera Nazarian (1)ahu unit manufacturer (1)Alexander Solshenitsen (1)Jean Chatzky (1)Lou Holtz (1)Christiane Northrup (1)Martin Luther King Jr (1)access door supplier (1)Digital marketing (1)D.H. Lawrence (1)Dalmia Health (1)Lucius Annaeus Seneca (1)Hope (1)Diet food recipes (1)Creativity (3)Hard Work Quotes (1)Daniel Goleman (1)Management quotes (1)Scientists (1)Family Quotes (1)esma approved ac manufacturer (1)Teachers’ Day Quotes (1)water testing lab (2)J.K. Rowling (1)dream quotes (1)Oprah Winfrey (1)Mark Pocan (1)chapter wise questions for neet (1)Angela Merkel (1)William Arthur Ward (1)Norman Douglas (1)Harriet Beecher Stowe (1)Change Quotes (1)gate barrier dubai (1)Rick Steves (1)Brain Tracy (1)AMRI Hospitals Bhubaneswar (1)investment (1)education quotes (1)ICSI (1)exhibition (3)Quotes on Sympathy (1)Quotations on Patriotism (1)NRI Privilege Health Card (1)commodity trading (1)hospitals in Eastern India (1)Hope quotations (1)Intelligence Quotes (1)Peggy Fleming (1)Kofi Annan (1)Team work quotes (1)wire rope manufacturer (2)Failure quotes (1)Julia Gillard (1)Mary Kay Ash (1)Pallam Raju (1)James Altucher (1)Freddie Highmore (1)Jim Rohn (1)James Cash Penney (1)Quotations on Valentine Day (1)Healthy and fitness blogs (2)Dalmia Family (1)Religion Quotes (1)Most Inspirational Quotes (1)storage solutions dubai (1)Conrad burns (1)team management (1)Narendra Modi (1)Andrew Carnegie (1)wedding photographer in lucknow (1)Failure Management quotes (1)Young Jeezy (1)Yogi Berra (1)Ronald Ross (1)Truth (1)Dr Gautam Allahbadia Mumbai (18)Brene Brown (1)Harry Stack Sullivan (1)Criss Angel (1)Bill Gates (1)Steven Pressfield (1)Inventors killed (1)chain block suppliers in uae (1)Peter drucker (1)Studying Abroad (3)Fly Solo (2)Gautama Buddha (1)encouragement quotes (1)Paul Watson (1)Sydney J. Harris (1)No idling (1)Satchel Paige (1)visa (1)Joe Morgan (1)Hard work (3)Music Quotes (1)Isak Dinesen (1)Never give up (2)A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (1)abroad education consultants (4)inspirational quotes (1)John Powell (1)Attitude Quotes (1)Walt Disney (1)C. JoyBell C Biography (1)Poetry (1)Nobel Prizes (1)Appreciation Quotations (1)Life Quotes (1)Chance Quotes (1)Hermann Hesse (1)Jacob A. Riis (1)Team Building Quotes (1)Women (1)Robert Collier (1)Miguel de Cervantes (1)Bobby Scott (1)water testing lab in delhi (2)Safety (1)canada education (1)Glenn Greenwald (1)Quotations On Memorial Day (1)Barack Obama (1)Albert Einstein (1)Toy Testing (1)Hilarie Burton (1)Motivational Quotes (4)Bertrand Russell (1)Judy Blume (1)Tracy Morgan (1)Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1)Nelson Mandela (1)Sophie Swetchine (1)Bernard Baruch (1)Memorial Day (1)Suzy Kassem (1)Spirituality Quotes (1)Steve Jobs (1)Abdul Kalam Quotations (1)Sympathy (1)Time management (2)Spiritual Leader (1)online mock test for neet (1)Patriotism (1)C.S. Lewis (1)Julie Andrews (1)John Dryden (1)Bangladesh (1)Quotes on Truth (1)Rick Pitino (1)democritus (1)Dr T.P.Chia (1)George Bernard Shaw (1)Curtis Carlson (1)Stephen King (1)Leo Rosten (1)Sports Inspiration (1)Quotations on Stregnth (1)Punctuality skills (1)Share Market (1)john dewey (1)water testing (2)neet online mock test (1)Inventors (1)Joseph Addison (1)cantilever shelving systems (1)Amy Schumer (1)Mother Theresa (1)study mbbs abroad (2)neet question bank (1)Romance (1)Marcus Tullius Cicero (1)Jacky Ickx (1)Punctuality (1)Lou Rawls (1)Real estate (1)Darell Hammond (1)Indian Film Actor (1)Emotional Quotes (1)Shiv Khera (1)Inspirational story (1)Tommy Lasorda (1)Leadership (1)Ryan Pinto (1)Thomas Carlyle (1)Ludwig van Beethoven (1)Richard Carlson (1)King Solomon (1)Orson Scott Card (1)Aarohi Pandit (2)Dave Ramsey (1)Anthong Foxx (1)Shaun White (1)William Morris (1)Endometriosis (1)IVF success (1)Great Quotes (1)Strength (1)Experience Quotes (1)Michelle Obama (1)Karin Slaughter (1)Mother Quotes (1)Dr Goral Gandhi Mumbai (1)Richard Branson (1)Charles Dickens (1)John F. Kennedy (1)David Levithan (1)wedding photography in lucknow (1)Happiness quotes (1)Daniel H.Pink (1)Quotes on Teenage (1)Better building construction (1)Achievement (4)AMRI Hospitals (1)New Year's Quotations (1)design (2)M.J.Ryan (1)