Most popular form of IVF given to thousands of couples is ‘ineffective’

The most popular form of IVF is ‘ineffective and costly’ and may actually reduce a woman’s chances of getting pregnant, a leading fertility expert has warned. 

Professor Hans Evers, editor-in-chief of the Human Reproduction journal, criticised IVF clinics for handing out an expensive IVF add-on treatment to couples who will not benefit from it.

Doctors are guilty of over-estimating the effect of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) – which was used by 455,000 couples in 2010 – he said.

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) - in which a single sperm is injected into an egg to fertilitse it - is 'costly and ineffective' and may even lower the chances of conception when given to couples where it is not appropriate, said Professor Hans Evers, a fertility expert and editor-in-chief of  Human Reproduction journal

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