Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer GIFT

the reproductive party

I remember a friend of mine telling me she had decided on GIFT to help her conceive. I asked her what that was. She said it was a little like a drive through in vitro procedure.

Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT) is the assisted reproductive technique (ART) whereby a woman’s egg is collected, rapidly mixed with sperm, and immediately placed back in the fallopian tube. There is a fundamental difference between this and in vitro fertilization (IVF), namely the fertilization. In GIFT, the egg and sperm are allowed to co-mingle and placed back inside the woman’s body where fertilization can take place.

In other ways it’s a lot like IVF. The woman’s ovaries are stimulated with drugs to stimulate the follicles and increase egg production. Eggs are collected using an aspiration procedure. Usually three or four eggs are mixed with the sperm. The reproductive party is then injected via catheter to the fallopian tube using a laparoscopic procedure. Then sit back and wait for the magic to happen. Pregnancy will be confirmed with a blood test.

GIFT is a good option for most women looking for ART. Women who are not good candidates are ones with blocked or damaged tubes and those women who have anatomic problems with the uterus, something like severe uterine adhesions.

This procedure is a good next step for couples who have tried for a year to get pregnant then tried five or six cycles of ovarian stimulation with intrauterine insemination. GIFT ensures that the sperm and the egg are introduced.

Source: APA, WebMD


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