The Assisted Fertility Program is one of the few clinics that still performs the GIFT procedure. The GIFT procedure is quite similar to IVF up to the point of egg collection. The ovaries are stimulated with fertility drugs to produce an increased number of eggs. Ultrasound monitoring is used in conjunction to track the development of the follicles. Once the eggs are ready, they are extracted with a thin needle. The retrieved eggs are examined and then two or three mature eggs are mixed with the prepared sperm. The eggs are then transferred into the woman’s fallopian tubes through a tiny catheter.
In GIFT, fertilization occurs in the natural site – the fallopian tubes. The resulting embryos travel along the fallopian tubes in the normal way to reach the uterus after four to five days. In contrast, with traditional in-vitro, the embryos are grown in the lab for a few days before inserting them directly into the woman’s uterus for implantation. Some people may desire GIFT to comply with their cultural or religious practices as GIFT as is considered more natural due to the site of fertilization.
The remaining eggs are inseminated in-vitro and if fertilization occurs, can be frozen for future use. As the results of IVF become increasingly more successful, it is less common to recommend GIFT as a first-line treatment unless a patient has a specific cultural or religious practice and has requested the procedure.
We may also suggest this technique in special circumstances, such as repeated failure with IVF, unexplained infertility, cervical hostility, minimal endometriosis without pelvic damage, or as an incidental procedure at the time of diagnostic laparoscopy.
Please contact us at 1-800-777-4831 if you are interested in finding out more about our GIFT procedure.