How Does Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer Work?

Infertility is a problematic condition for a lot of people in Durham, North Carolina and around the country. It leads many to feel stressed, anxious, depressed, and more. Finding ways of coping with the condition is important, as is learning of potential treatment options. Treatment options will vary from one couple or individual to the next depending on the cause of the infertility, so it's important to discuss any potential option with a fertility specialist. Once the cause is determined, or the potential cause, the couple may begin exploring treatment options with their doctor to determine which provides them with the best chances of success.

Zygote intrafallopian transfer, also known as ZIFT for short, is a procedure similar to in vitro fertilization in that eggs and sperm are combined in a laboratory to create embryos. Where the procedure differs, however, is in the transfer of the embryos to the woman's body. Like IVF, the transfer takes place about two days after fertilization. IVF transfers the embryos to the uterus for implantation, while ZIFT transfers the embryos to the fallopian tubes. So women must have at least one functional fallopian tube to be considered a good candidate for the procedure. 

Other candidates for the procedure are couples in which male infertility is an issue, as the capability of the sperm to fertilize the egg may be in question. If anti-sperm antibodies are produced, this may be a good treatment as well. Those who have already failed an attempt at IVF may be considered good candidates for this procedure as well. Again, talk to your doctor to determine your candidacy for treatment. 

As with any procedure, there are certain risks of which patients should be aware. Surgical complications may occur, although these are rare. Always seek treatment from a trained and experienced specialist to help improve the chances of success, and reduce chances of surgery-related complications. When more than one embryo is transferred to the fallopian tubes, there is a chance of multiple births. Talk to your doctor to discuss the number of embryos that are to be transferred.

The cost of ZIFT is very similar to the cost of in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies. Most procedures are in the $15,000 range. Insurance typically does not offer any coverage of ZIFT, although it's a subject worth bringing up with the Durham fertility specialist as well as with your insurance company.

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