Men conceived through IVF may have poorer sperm quantity and quality than those conceived naturally

Discussion in 'Human Science' started by Plazma Inferno!, Oct 7, 2016.

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    Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a type of assisted reproductive technology. Forming a part of in vitro fertilization (IVF), It involves collecting sperm from the father and injecting it directly into the inner part of the mother's egg, in order to induce normal fertilization. The fertilized egg is then placed in the mother's womb.
    ICSI is primarily used to treat male infertility - that is, men who have a low sperm count or abnormal sperm function. The technique allows doctors to select the best quality sperm, and injecting it directly into the egg increases the chances of fertilization.
    The technique was pioneered more than 20 years ago by Prof. Van Steirteghemat and team. On January 14, 1992, the first baby was born through ICSI.
    Since many cases of male infertility are caused by genetic defects, Prof. Van Steirteghemat and colleagues always speculated that men conceived through ICSI might inherit such defects from their fathers.
    Now, speculation may have moved closer to fact, after an analysis of 54 men born through ICSI between 1992-1996 - a time when the procedure was solely used for male infertility - suggests an association between the procedure and poor sperm quantity and quality.

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