Using ZIFT & GIFT instead of traditional IVF for infertility

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Using ZIFT & GIFT instead of traditional IVF for infertility

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ZIFT, or zygote interfallopian transfer, and GIFT, or gamete interfallopian transfers, are ways to replace either the eggs and sperm in the case of GIFT or early embryos in the case of ZIFT into the fallopian tube. It's typically not done because in vitro fertilization is a trans-cervical procedure. It's done through the vagina. There's no anesthetic that is required to replace the embryos back into the uterus. It's very simple. It's a 5-10 minute procedure. By contrast, replacing the embryos into the fallopian tube is something that requires a laparoscopy and a general anesthetic, so therefore not very often done. this was really how in vitro fertilization, however, started. The eggs were removed, they were fertilized, the embryos were replaced into the fallopian tube, where they should have been, right? Turns out that in some patients that have had in vitro fertilization failures, in which implantation has not occurred, we can go back and replace either the gametes or the zygote, the embryo into the fallopian tube. And in some cases, the likelihood of conception is enhanced. The idea behind it is that it is replaced into a physiologic appropriate environment.

Learn about: Using ZIFT & GIFT instead of traditional IVF for infertility from David Tourgeman, MD,...

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David Tourgeman, MD

Infertility Specialist

Education
 - Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara.
 Medical School: University of Southern California.
 Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology 
University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Women’s & Children’s Hospital. 
Fellowship: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

Board Certification 
- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
 Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Academic Appointments
 - Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
 University of Southern California School of Medicine.

Hospital Affiliations 
- Huntington Memorial Hospital 
St. John’s Health Center.

Awards
 - Wyeth-Ayest Award of the Pacific coast Reproductive Society, April 1999. 
Serono In-Training Award for the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, April 2000
. Ortho- Mcneil Poster Award Obstetrical and Gynecological Assembly of Southern California, February 2011.
 Serono In-Training Award for the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, April 2001. 
Fellow Award, co-author Pacific Coast Reproductive Society, April 2001.

Professional Organizations - 
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. 
Pacific Coast Reproductive Society
 Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Areas of Research and Publication
 - Assisted reproductive technologies and oocyte donation in women of advanced
 reproductive age. 
Advanced reproductive fertility surgery. 
Alternatives for enhancing embryo implantation
. Evaluation of ovulation induction agents. 
Vaginal hormone administration.

Languages Spoken
 - English, 
French, &
 Spanish.

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