At this point, my husband and I had done our part. In her lab, the embryologist implanted one strong, healthy sperm into each of the eleven miracle eggs our doctor had retrieved from me just minutes before. This process, called ICSI, and it is now a standard procedure in most fertility clinics.
Before ICSI, one egg was placed in a Petri dish with a million or more sperm, in hopes that a single swimmer would penetrate the egg, just like it happens in middle school sex-ed. videos. ICSO costs more money, but leaving such a critical part of the IVF process up to chance isnt acceptable to control-hungry doctors or to women who have gone through a great deal to get to this point.