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What is the difference between IVF and ICSI?

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Old 03-10-2005, 03:16 PM   #1
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What is the difference between IVF and ICSI?

Hi all,
I was wondering what the difference is between the two procedures? Are they similiar and who falls into what category to have the procedure done? My Dr. told me the best way for my husband and I to have a child is IVF. I am familiar with IVF, but not the ICSI. Is one more expensive than the other? I know IVF is outrageous and we only have enough saved for one attempt. Any info would be appreciated.

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Old 03-10-2005, 04:16 PM   #2
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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.
Good luck!

Old 03-10-2005, 07:20 PM   #3
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Re: What is the difference between IVF and ICSI?

Thank you for the information!! It is greatly appreciated.

Old 03-22-2005, 10:45 AM   #4
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Re: What is the difference between IVF and ICSI?

We used ICSI and the cost wasn't that much more than the IVF procedure itself.

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Old 04-24-2005, 09:35 PM   #5
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Re: What is the difference between IVF and ICSI?

Hi there,

It sounds like the other posts got out the info on the difference of IVF and ICSI. I'm unsure if there is really a difference, vs. the ICSI being "in addition" to the IVF. We are actually doing this right now. Without sounding too clinical.....In dish #1 we are gonna let the eggs and sperm "find each other". In dish #2, we are doing ICSI, where the sperm is injected directly into a chosen egg. (The only difference between this and normal fert. is that the entire sperm goes in vs. just the "head" during normal fert.) Our Dr. charges $1200.00 additional for this, though I am sure Dr. charges vary. After almost 2 years TTC, 9 months of clomid, 7 failed IUI's (14 total, as we did 2 p/cycle)and now doing IVF with Lupron, Repronex, Gonal, etc..the $1200 more is worth it to us! I hope it works and I can jump off this rollercoaster ride. Best of luck and well wishes to all

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