Can we refuse ICSI?

Can we refuse ICSI and insist on IVF?

Our Expert's Answer

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Yes, of course you can insist on IVF rather than ICSI.  However, ICSI is advised when there is a risk of low or no fertilisation either because the sperm parameters are low or based on evidence from a previous IVF cycle.  You need to be aware that if you opt for IVF instead of ICSI and your eggs do not fertilise than your cycle cannot be rescued and you would need to repeat the process again.