Facts relating to ICSI:
There have been many studies looking at the outcome of pregnancies and health of children following conception with ICSI.
- Neonatal data on a cohort of 2889 infants born after ICSI (1991-1999) and of 2995 infants born after IVF (1983-1999) reported from Brussels in 2002 showed: ‘The comparison of ICSI and IVF children taking part in an identical follow-up study did not show any increased risk of major malformations and neonatal complications in the ICSI group.’
- Congenital anomalies and other perinatal outcomes in ICSI vs naturally conceived pregnancies: a comparative study (2009): ‘ICSI conceived pregnancies were characterized by an increased number of gestations and live-born, and there was no increase in congenital malformations compared to naturally conceived pregnancies.’
- When looking to see if there are any differences in ICSI outcome using sperm that has been ejaculated compared with sperm that has been surgically retrieved: ‘A large study performed in Brussels (2011) has shown no differences in neonatal health in terms of birth parameters, major anomalies and chromosomal aberrations in children born using surgically retrieved sperm compared to the outcome of children born after the use of ejaculated sperm.’
- Perinatal outcome, health, growth, and medical care utilization of 5- to 8-year-old intracytoplasmic sperm injection singletons (2008): ‘No adverse health outcomes (congenital malformations, health, growth, and medical consumption) were identified in ICSI singletons up to age 5-8 years compared to IVF and natural conception singletons, besides poorer perinatal outcomes (prematurity and low birth weight) after ICSI versus natural conception.’