ICSI Treatment

ICSI Treatment

ICSI is a treatment primarily designed to overcome male fertility problems.

What is ICSI?

ICSI – or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection - is a fertilisation technique used in IVF. It involves injecting a single healthy sperm into each egg to maximise the chance of fertilisation.

ICSI is the most common treatment for male fertility problems. As the sperm directly fertilises the eggs, any issues with sperm movement or number can be overcome, giving men with sperm problems the chance to become fathers. 

ICSI may also be used to fertilise eggs that have previously been frozen, donor eggs or used when sperm has been retrieved surgically.

Dr Peter Kerecsenyi - Fertility Consultant

Dr Peter Kerecsenyi

Fertility Consultant

Peter joined the Manchester Fertility team in 2009. He undertakes consultations and performs all the related investigations and therapies, his special interests are in Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

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When is ICSI recommended?

ICSI may be advised if:

  • You have a low sperm count
  • Your sperm has poor motility
  • You are using sperm recovered through Surgical Sperm Retrieval
  • Your sperm has high levels of DNA damage
  • You have had previous failed fertilisation from conventional IVF
  • You are using donor eggs
  • You are using frozen eggs

What is the ICSI process?

ICSI follows exactly the same process as an IVF cycle. It is only the fertilisation technique that is different.

Why choose us for ICSI?

As a specialist male fertility clinic, Manchester Fertility has over 35 years of ICSI expertise and consistent patient success.  

Our focus is on individualised treatment to help you on achieving a healthy pregnancy and baby, which means we only offer ICSI if we believe it is necessary and will make a difference to your outcome.

We do not advise ICSI if conventional IVF would be just as likely to work, giving you confidence and trust in your treatment with us. Learn more about our approach and meet some of the many families we have created.

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For more information about ICSI at Manchester Fertility please contact us today.

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What does ICSI cost?

IVF with ICSI with Manchester Fertility costs £5,150*. This includes:

  • Access to online consents platform
  • Access to patient support app
  • Electronic Witnessing
  • Cycle planning
  • Prep appointment for injection teaching
  • Monitoring bloods tests during your cycle
  • Monitoring scans during your cycle
  • Local anaesthesia and oral sedation for egg collection
  • Ultrasound guided egg collection
  • Preparation of eggs for ICSI and injection of sperm
  • EmbryoGlue
  • Advanced Embryology: embryo culture up to blastocyst stage
  • Embryoscope to monitor embryo development - fertilisation to transfer
  • Embryo transfer/Embryo freeze(1)
  • HFEA Licence Fee
  • Embryo freezing and storage for 1 year
  • Pregnancy scan
  • Follow up consultation after a failed cycle

Or you can choose to fund your ICSI cycle through an ICSI treatment package, which gives you fixed-cost peace of mind.

*Additional costs in all ICSI cycles

  • Medication £600 - £2600
  • Annual storage of embryo/s following first year £350

(1) Embryo freeze – if all of your embryos are frozen and a replacement does not take place in your treatment cycle, your first frozen embryo transfer will not incur a charge

You will be given a full breakdown of your ICSI treatment at your consultation. You can also visit our price list for a comprehensive overview of prices. 


Can we have ICSI if we don’t have male infertility?

ICSI would not usually be recommended when IVF would be effective, for instance where the male partner does not have any sperm disorders or where the cause is with the female partner. Your IVF consultant will advise if ICSI is suitable for you.

Can I get tested to see if I have a sperm problem?

We offer a comprehensive, private male fertility assessment that includes a semen analysis and consultation with a male fertility specialist.

We not only check your sperm count, shape, mobility and more, but also look at your lifestyle and overall health, to make sure there is nothing that could cause fertility issues for you now and in the future. 

If a fertility issue is found, your consultant will advise next steps. Whether that involves treatment when you are ready to conceive, or expert advice to help improve your sperm health so you can conceive naturally.

You can book your male fertility assessment by calling our team on 0161 300 2737 or book online on our website.

How do I know if my sperm has DNA damage?

It is normal to have some level of sperm DNA damage. But some men have higher levels, which can be a hidden cause of infertility, miscarriage and failed IVF. 

We can perform a test called SpermComet, which looks at the amount of DNA damage in each individual sperm in your sample. If you do have high levels of DNA damage, ICSI treatment can help you to have a baby. Your consultant will advise if you should have a SpermComet test, based on your previous fertility and medical history.

How do I book an appointment with a male fertility specialist?

Our expert male fertility consultants and consultant Urologist are leaders in the field of male reproductive health in the UK. To book an appointment, call 0161 300 2737 or book online on our website.

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