GIFT and ZIFT, solutions for infertility
GIFT (gamete intrafallopian transfer) and ZIFT(zygote intrafallopian transfer) are modified versions of in vitro fertilization. Find out more about these options.
GIFT and ZIFT is one of the ways to treat infertility, except cases caused by damage or abnormalities of the fallopian tubes. These techniques can also be used in cases of mild male infertility, as long as the sperm is capable of fertilizing an egg.
One of the ways to treat infertility is GIFT (gamete intrafallopian transfer), a procedure where multiple eggs are removed from a woman's ovaries and then along with the sperm placed in a tube (catheter).
The catheter is inserted through a small abdominal incision and into one of her fallopian tube. The eggs and sperm are then injected into the fallopian tube using a surgical procedure called laparoscopy under general anesthesia. Usually, two eggs are placed in each fallopian tube.
ZIFT (zygote intrafallopian transfer) is a procedure which combines in vitro fertilization (IVF) and GIFT.
In here eggs are stimulated and collected using IVF methods, then mixed with sperm in the laboratory. Fertilized eggs (zygotes) are then laparoscopically returned to the fallopian tubes where they will be carried into the uterus. The hope is for the zygote to implant in the uterus and develop into a fetus.