Can ICSI affect a baby’s development?

Research studies have suggested that ICSI does not increase the risk of birth defects or other health problems in children born through this procedure. However, as with any medical procedure, the risk is always involved.

ICSI has been used for over 25 years, and the majority of research studies have found that there is no significant difference in the health and development of children born through ICSI compared to those born naturally or through other assisted reproductive technologies. Some studies have suggested a slightly increased risk of certain health issues such as intellectual disability, but the absolute risk is still very low.

It’s important to note that some of the underlying causes of male infertility that require ICSI may themselves be associated with an increased risk of certain health problems in children. For example, men with genetic abnormalities may pass those abnormalities on to their children, regardless of the fertility treatment used.