Common IVF procedure can leave couples less likely to conceive

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An IVF procedure called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), where a single sperm is used to fertilise an egg, results in lower rates of successful pregnancies and births than standard IVF according to Australian research. ICSI was developed to help couples with male fertility problems, but it now used in around two-thirds of all IVF procedures in Australia and New Zealand. This study found that for couples without these male fertility issues, pregnancy rates with ICSI were approximately 30 per cent lower than with IVF.

Journal/conference: Australian and NZ Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

DOI: 10.1111/ajo.13004

Organisation/s: Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne IVF

Funder: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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