Vasectomy is safe and long-lasting contraception, but sometimes life circumstances change and you may want to have another child. ICSI offers a way of using your sperm in an IVF cycle, without having to reverse your vasectomy.
ICSI after a Vasectomy
Mia is 35 and Craig is 38. They both have a child each from previous relationships, and Craig had a vasectomy before he met Mia. They now want to have a child together.
Their friends recommended talking to a fertility specialist at IVFAustralia. So they ask their GP for a referral for a specialist in andrology (male reproductive conditions).
Fertility Treatment Considerations
Craig could have his vasectomy reversed, but the chances of pregnancy following a reversal depend on many circumstances, including how long ago the vasectomy was performed.
ICSI is one of the most common techniques used in Assisted Reproductive Technology, and involves the direct injection of a single sperm into each egg using very fine micro-manipulation equipment.
As Mia and Craig have had no problems conceiving before, their specialist says this technique will give them between an 25% and 50% chance of falling pregnant within a three month period using both their fresh and frozen embryos.
Their specialist carries out the simple sperm retrieval procedure in IVFAustralia’s Day Hospital, located in the same building as their Greenwich clinic. Mia undergoes her first IVF cycle, and they have six embryos created using ICSI. One is transferred, four are frozen and one is found to be unsuitable for freezing.
Four weeks later Mia has a blood test, but she is not pregnant. One of her frozen embryos is then implanted two months later, and this time they are successful.
Typical Costs for IVF using ICSI
Using ICSI technology for IVF treatment typically costs around $3,627 per treatment with private health insurance. Those without private health insurance can expect to pay an extra $2,000 (approximately) for hospital and anaesthetist charges.
This includes pre-treatment appointments and tests, medicine and the treatment itself, including day hospital visits. Anaesthetist fees may be covered by both Medicare and private health cover, but Day Hospital charges may only be covered by private health cover.
Your costs will vary, depending on your treatment plan, the Medicare safety net and your health insurance fund. If you’d like to find out more, speak with our experienced team by calling 1800 111 483.
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