Alternatives to IVF

Why Choose Alternatives to IVF?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) continues to be the most popular form of assisted reproductive technologies but there several attractive alternatives to IVF to consider. You can increase your chances of success with fertility treatments with methods that mimic the natural conception process. Many couples are enjoying great success with some of today’s leading alternatives to IVF. Talk to an IVF infertility specialist in your area to find out if you might be a good candidate for alternatives to IVF.

What Are the Alternatives to IVF?

The three most popular alternatives to IVF include:

  • Gamete Interfallopian Transfer (GIFT) – similar to in vitro fertilization but fertilization of the egg takes place inside the fallopian tubes. This creates a more “natural” method of conception and is preferred by many couples who have not had success with traditional IVF.
  • Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer (ZIFT) – unlike IVF, the fertilized eggs are placed back into the fallopian tubes instead of in the uterus. Women must have healthy fallopian tubes in order to enjoy success with this IVF alternative.
  • Tubal Embryo Transfer (TET) – this IVF alternative is almost identical to the ZIFT procedure, but the embryos are transferred back to the woman at a much later stage of development.

Advantages to IVF Alternatives

  • May offer higher success rates than traditional IVF procedures
  • Some can mimic the natural conception process
  • Popular choice by couples who have not been able to conceive for at least a year, or after five to six cycles of ovarian stimulation with intrauterine insemination
  • Physician select only the best embryos

Disadvantages of IVF Alternatives

• May not be appropriate for women who have damaged fallopian tubes or tubal blocks
• Some surgery may be required
• Some can increase the chances of having a multiple pregnancy
• Some may increase the risk of miscarriage and preterm labor

Find an IVF Alternatives Specialist in Your Area

Talk to a fertility specialist in your area to discuss the different alternatives to IVF and to find out if you and your partner may be good candidates for assisted reproductive technologies. Infertility doctors can discuss the pros and cons of various IVF alternatives, and recommend a treatment plan that will increase your chances of pregnancy.