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The aim of this article is to explain the in vitro methods and the ICSI method. You will learn about the differences and success rates of IVF, IVM and ICSI. At the end of the article you will find our P4B check, which will give you some guidance.With this article we would like to offer you a basis for decision-making on your way to child happiness!

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Artificial insemination methods:

In Vitro & ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection)

The yearbook of the German IVF register* shows that 900,000 IVF cycles are performed in Europe per year. Every year, around 200,000 children are born through out-of-body fertilisation. After Russia and Spain, Germany is the country with the most procedures, with 17,690 IVF cycles (2019) and 45,381 ICSI cycles. Most treatments took place in women between the ages of 30 and 39.

The most commonly used methods of artificial insemination are in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). In vitro maturation (IVM) has developed from the IVF method as an alternative. Compared to IVF, this method is not yet a common procedure. Nevertheless, we present all methods in detail.

In IVF, IVM and ICSI, artificial insemination takes place outside the woman's body. All three methods are carried out by reproductive physicians in fertility clinics. Compared to the insemination methods, these procedures are more complex and cost-intensive.

Brief explanation of the distinction between the term "sperm donation

If the sperm donation is homologous, then it is the partner's own donation. If the sperm donation is heterologous, it is an external donation. In this article, we use sperm donation as a term for both forms. For more information, read our article "Artificial insemination through sperm donation".

Brief explanation of the distinction of "fertilisation outside the woman's body".

Artificial insemination is divided into 2 areas. The first area is "fertilisation inside the woman's body". Are you interested in this sub-area? Read our articles on this subject: "Home insemination" and "Medical insemination"..

The second area of artificial insemination involves "fertilisation outside the woman's body". We will go into this area in more detail in this article.