ICSI and defect rates?

We have been treated through MFS and are currently pregnant (very early days!). We have just read an article that ICSI treatments result in 10% defect rates. Is this a treatment practised by MFS?

Our Expert's Answer

This information was published 12 years, 2 months ago and was correct at the time of publication. It may not reflect our current practices or regulations.

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It has always been well known that there is a higher rate of birth defect from ICSI treatment compared with IVF. The latest data coming from Australia shows the incidence of birth defects from natural conception is about 5.8%, increasing to 7.2% for IVF and 9.9% for ICSI.  It is important that ICSI is used only in cases where the fertilisation is compromised by the quality of the sperm.