Re: What is the difference between IVF and ICSI?
I ICSI is short for intracytoplasmic sperm injection and what happens is, instead of putting the egg and sperm together in a petri dish and left to fertilize which is how it's done with IVF, with ICSI, a single sperm is injected into the egg. This is used mainly for couples with major male factor infertility. Instead of relying on many sperm, you actually only need one per egg for ICSI. I think it could also help if the egg's shell is too hard, but not positive on that one. As far as cost goes, I don't know how much of a difference the ICSI would be, I assume it would be slightly higher.
In both IVF and ICSI, the woman is stimulated, the eggs are harvested and then fertilized (the difference is how they are fertilized), and then the resulting embryo's are transferred back into the uterus.