The Assisted Fertility Program is one of the few clinics that still performs the GIFT and ZIFT procedures.
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 via a surgical procedure called laparoscopy.
ZIFT is the same process as GIFT, however, the egg and sperm are cultured for up to 24 hours until a zygote is formed, then the zygote is transferred into the fallopian tube.