Interior-GameteUnderstanding GIFT Fertility Treatment

For women who have tried getting pregnant naturally but have been unsuccessful, assisted reproductive technology (ART) may hold the answer that you are looking for. Gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) is an ART technique that can help women and couples who have had difficulty trying to conceive and have concerns about in vitro fertilization (IVF). Unlike IVF, fertilization takes place inside the mother and negates the ethical concerns related to the creation and transfer of embryos. GIFT fertility treatment is available at our New Orleans area offices. If you would like to learn more about GIFT fertility treatment and how it can benefit you, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our fertility specialists.

How is GIFT Performed?

The first step in GIFT fertility treatment is to stimulate the ovaries with fertility medication to increase the probability of multiple egg production. During an aspiration procedure, eggs will be collected with a needle inserted through the vaginal wall. The healthiest eggs with the most viability are immediately mixed with mobile sperm and prepared for transfer.

Using laparoscopic surgical techniques, our doctors will insert the eggs and sperm into one of the fallopian tubes where fertilization occurs. Laparoscopic surgery is performed using minimally invasive methods designed to reduce pain, recovery time, and related complications. A small catheter will be inserted through a tiny incision in the abdomen and used to place the eggs and sperm in the fallopian tube. If the procedure is successful, fertilization will occur and an embryo will implant in the uterus. We typically use multiple eggs to increase the probability of a successful implantation. The final step is for the woman to take a pregnancy test two to three weeks after the procedure to see if the treatment was successful.

Candidacy for GIFT Fertility Treatment

Women and couples will commonly choose GIFT after trying unsuccessfully for more than 12 months to become pregnant, and after undergoing five to six failed cycles of ovarian stimulation combined with intrauterine insemination. GIFT is a great alternative fertility treatment that is often chosen by patients who have concerns about IVF. Because this type of fertility procedure does not involve embryo culture, patients are free to pursue additional fertility treatments without having to address related ethical issues.

Our doctors may recommend GIFT treatment for patients that have healthy fallopian tubes but suffer from ovulation or cervical problems, or a partner with a low sperm count. Each cycle of GIFT treatment takes approximately four to six weeks from the time that the fertility medication is administered to the laparoscopic procedure at our office. 

Learn More During a Consultation

Our doctors have helped to advance the field of assisted reproduction and have routinely achieved amazing results for patients throughout the region. We take pride in the standard of care and individualized treatment that we provide to each of our patients. If you have questions or concerns about your options, or would like to learn more about GIFT fertility treatment, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.