Helping you get started on the pathway to parenthood

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (or ICSI) may be recommended to you when sperm factors are involved in your infertility. ICSI is a variation of IVF that involves one of our embryologists drawing up a single sperm into a very fine needle and injecting it directly into the centre of a mature egg, potentially making it an embryo. The embryo can then be transferred into the womb as in a normal IVF cycle. Whether you experience a low sperm count, reduced motility or morphology, if your sperm is frozen or you have had previous failed IVF attempts, ICSI may help you grow your family.

What happens during ovary stimulation?

The first stage of the ICSI treatment is just like IVF. To improve the chance of a successful outcome, we stimulate your ovaries to increase the number of eggs available. This is achieved by taking a combination of fertility drugs, most of which are given by injection.

Our experienced nursing team will train and support you or your partner to be able to administer these injections in the comfort of your own home. At Gateshead Fertility we take pride in offering treatment plans that are tailored to you. We have a number of stimulation regimes that may be recommended depending on your circumstances.

Preparing your ovaries takes between 5-8 weeks, and during this time a clinician will monitor your progress with ultrasound scans. This allows us to adjust the dose of the drug to optimise your response, as well as provide you with information on your progress. Typically, 3-4 scans are required at this time.

What happens during egg collection?

Once sufficient follicles have reached the required size, then you will be scheduled for your egg collection procedure. Many women are understandably anxious about this part of treatment, but the egg collection process is relatively straightforward, lasting only 10 to 20 minutes.

Our nurses who will have become familiar faces by this stage will administer a mixture of sedatives and painkillers to keep you comfortable during the procedure.

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What are my chances of success with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection?

On average, 65% of eggs injected with sperm during this procedure will fertilise. These fertilised eggs are now called embryos, which will later be transferred into your womb. After 2 weeks, we will carry out a blood pregnancy test for you, which patients often describe as the hardest part of the treatment cycle. If your test is positive, we will arrange a pregnancy scan for you 2 weeks later.

A reassuring second scan is performed after another 2 weeks before we discharge you into antenatal care. If the test shows that the treatment has been unsuccessful, we will invite you to a follow-up appointment with one of our Fertility Specialists. The cycle will be discussed with you in detail and future recommendations offered to you.

Throughout this treatment, you will be closely monitored and kept well informed about the number of embryos that have been successfully created, with unlimited access to emotional support and advice.

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Prices starting from £5804, exc. prescribed drugs.

Understanding treatment costs will help you to plan ahead.

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The expected waiting time is usually within 4 months after your initial referral. Due to Covid-19, many fertility clinics waiting times have been extended — at Gateshead you can currently expect to wait around 5 to 6 months.

We are pleased to say that EmbryoScope time lapse imaging technology is available to all our patients as standard. During your Pre-embryo transfer consultation with our experienced Embryologists, your embryo quality will be explained in depth using the EmbryoScope images.

ICSI is very individual and each person can respond differently and require different treatment protocols. An ICSI cycle can take anything from 4 weeks up to 9 weeks.

We have a small team of clinicians here at Gateshead, meaning we cannot guarantee that you can see the same doctor at each appointment as they cover other areas of the hospital.

You can watch the helpful videos linked below to remind you how to take your stimulation medication. Please refer to your treatment schedule given to you by the clinic to find out which drug regime you require.

If you're using Ovaleap, if you're using Meriofert, or if you're using Lubion

Yes, you can still have intercourse throughout treatment however we do advise you to use barrier protection throughout. However, once egg collection has taken place we will advise you to avoid intercourse for 2 weeks following your procedure.

These drugs are given as either a nasal spray or an injection and aim to switch off the fertility hormones produced by the body. The most common side effects therefore resemble symptoms of the menopause, such as hot flushes and mood swings. Depending on where in your cycle that you start the drug, you may have a period — this is normal.

Once you have provided consent for your chosen treatment, an invoice is generated from our finance team. This will arrive with you in the post and will provide detailed information on how you can make payment. Please note that your invoice must be paid before you start your treatment.

Yes, you can get your Covid-19 Vaccine. The only time we wouldn’t recommend getting your vaccine is when you are undergoing a procedure. For further reading, please visit the HFEA website for guidance on the vaccine.

All new patients will require an initial consultation with one of our fertility consultants, currently charged at £275.  At this appointment the consultant will take a full medical history and discuss relevant screening tests and investigations. 

You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the treatment that is recommended for you and you will be given an indication of the associated costs. 

If you decide to undergo treatment with us, a detailed costed treatment plan will be drawn up according to your own individual needs and requirements.  This plan will be an estimate of the cost of the main elements of your treatment and will help you to plan and prepare.   

At Gateshead Fertility we work hard to ensure that pricing is transparent and patients are fully informed of the costs of treatment from the outset.

The cost of an ICSI treatment cycle is £5,804 and includes the following:

– All blood tests
– Sperm test (if partner sperm is being used)
– Pre-treatment appointment with a Fertility Consultant
– Ultrasound monitoring
– Egg collection with nurse sedation
– Embryology and Andrology services, including ICSI, blastocyst culture, EmbryoGlue and EmbryoScope time lapse imaging
– Embryo transfer under ultrasound guidance
– Pregnancy Scans
– Follow up appointment
– Counselling
– HFEA Fee



The cost of the following is NOT included:

– Medication: this can vary according to your needs, but you can expect the cost to be between £470 and £1350. 
– Embryo or sperm freezing and storage
– Endometrial Scratch (if recommended)