An In Vitro Fertilization technique for injecting sperm directly into unfertilised eggs to increase the chances of a successful IVF pregnancy is being used too widely by some fertility clinics, the head of the Government’s fertility watchdog has warned. Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) involves injecting a single sperm directly into an egg in order to fertilise it. The fertilised egg (embryo) is then transferred to the woman’s womb.
Lisa Jardine, who chairs the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), said that some IVF clinics are using the ICSI technique simply because it is easier than standard IVF, rather than because it is in the best interests of patients.
Read Survival of the unfittest: IVF technique ‘used too widely’, watchdog warns, The Independent, 3 Nov 2013
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