Mexico Works.......

After spending about over a year investigating clinics in Mexico. Then narrowing our search down to 4 clinics to visit and consult with the Doctor. We went with IMI in Guadalajara.

We have just come out of the 2WW and have a positive pregnancy test.

For us, Mexico was a great alternative.

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Mexico IVF Statistics and other Latin America Countries for 2007

This is the IVF statistics for Mexico and the other Latin American countries from 2007. It is not broken down by center or country, but by the entire region. It includes information on all forms of assisted reproduction.

Information is presented on 34,102 cycles of assisted reproduction performed during the year 2007, by 138 centers in 11 countries; together with information on deliveries and babies born up to September, 2008.
A total of 25,736 IVF/ICSI cycles performed resulted in 7,247 clinical pregnancies.

Pregnancy rates were higher in women ≤34 years, with male factor as a cause of infertility, with the use of GnRH agonists, and transfer of more embryos – even though the transfer of ≥3 embryos showed no clinically significant change -, and the transfer of embryos at blastocyst stage. Improved clinical pregnancy rates were not associated with the route of administration during the luteal phase, mode of fertilization nor the use of Assisted Hatching. 76% of clinical pregnancies were single. A higher frequency of multiple gestation – especially extreme – was associated to women ≤34 years and the transfer of ≥3 embryos. Delivery rate of ≥ 1 live birth, by transfer, was 26%.

A total of 2,700 elective one and two embryo transfers were reported, representing 13% of embryo transfers. This frequency was greater in women ≤34 years. All age categories showed improved pregnancy rates with elective transfer of 2 embryos. Rate of multiple gestation was similar when ≥3 embryos were transferred, although the rate of extreme multiple gestation was considerably lower.

A total of 3,397 thawed embryo transfers were reported, mostly in women ≤34 years. The delivery rate with ≥1 live births, per transfer, was 17%.  

Furthermore, 4,697 transfers with embryos product of oocyte donation were reported, majority in women ≥40 years. Donor cycles represented 64% of aspirations. Pregnancy rater varied slightly with respect to the age of the recipient and the frequency of multiple gestation. The frequency of multiple gestation, particularly extreme, was higher when more embryos were transferred, specially with ≥3. The delivery rate with ≥1 live births in fresh cycles was 31%.
A total of 10,168 clinical pregnancies were reported, 18% of which aborted spontaneously. This frequency was higher in cycles with thawed embryo transfers, autologous or product of oocyte donation. Of 7,928 deliveries reported, 76% were single. Increased frequency of prematuriry was associated with higher order deliveries. Of the 10,041 babies reported, 60% were single. Babies or higher gestational order showed greater risk of low birth weight and perinatal mortality. 

This report includes, for the first time, information on IUI cycles; 7,006 cycles using husband´s semen, and 1,270 using donor semen. 56% of cycles were reported in women ≤34 years. Improved pregnancy rates were associated with: the use of donor semen, woman´s age (≤34 years) and ovulation induction using CC+rFSH. 88% of all babies born thanks to these techniques were single.

Regional trends highlight the continued increase in the woman´s age – 56% of IVF/ICSI embryo transfers were in women ≥ 35 years – and to the use of ICSI, which represents 83% of aspirations. The mean number of embryos transferred in IVF/ICSI cycles shows a gradual decrease to 2.6 in the year 2007, even though 54% of transfers were of ≥3 embryos. This lowered the frequency of extreme multiple gestation to 6.9%. 

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Our December group is growing...

As of Nov. 1st it looks like we have five groups going to Mexico for IVF between now and January.

This includes couples from Orlando, Spokane, Seattle, San Diego, Arizona, and Los Angeles.

Since everyone can't be on the same schedule about half of the people are going before Christmas and the other half will be there after Christmas. Most of the couples will be going to the New hope Fertility Center in Guadalajara.

We include couples doing Mini-IVF, Standard IVF, and the Egg Donor Program. We are using Egg Donor's from the US and Mexico.

The average stay will be 10-14 days.

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The Mexico IVF Cost Advantage - Pre-Testing Fees

The pre-testing needed before IVF can be a very expensive cost that the clinic will often not tell you about.

It doesn't matter if you go to a US clinic or Mexico clinic this will not be included in your quote for the cost of IVF.

Here are some pre-testing cost comparisons between the US and Mexico.

The bloodwork cost was $300 in the US and $105 in Mexico.
The sperm analysis was $142 in the US was $40 in Mexico.
An ultrasound $225 in the US was $40 in Mexico
initial Consultation $250 in the US is $40 in Mexico.

Total expense $917 vs. $225

The cost savings are huge and well worth the day trip. 

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IVF for Christmas - A Mexico IVF Vacation

 Many couples are trying to figure out how to do a Mexico IVF Vacation when either or both of them work.

New Hope Fertility Center is open 365 days per year so you can schedule your treatment around the Christmas and New Year's Holiday's. This allows you to have the trip during a natural break in your work schedule.

The added bonus is that Mexico is in the dry season during December and the weather will be warmer than most US cities. The further South that you go the warmer it will be during the winter.

There is still time to schedule your Mexico IVF Vacation for this year. Join other US couples in Mexico that already plan on going in December.

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Uncovering The Best IVF clinic in Mexico.

 Finding the best IVF clinic in Mexico is a very tough task right now. Especially, if you don't speak Spanish and have only been to Mexico a few times. There are many US couples going to Mexico for IVF treatments.
However, many of them have the advantage of at least one spouse speaking the language.

We overcame the battle of locating a reputable Doctor and clinic mainly through trial and error, with a lot of emails that were not returned and getting hung up on when we called.

When you are experiencing difficulties becoming pregnant and are searching for various avenues to achieve this, the last thing that you want to deal with is an inexperienced doctor or a clinic that you can't communicate with easily.

Most of the time you will not have to worry about such a thing if you go to a right clinic for US couples, however, it is hard to shift through all of the information and mis-information.

You should always do your homework and search around before settling on which one you would like to go to. This way, you will raise the odds of having a successful experience with your practitioner and will not have to worry about any problems happening.

Trying to become pregnant is very nerve wracking if you and your partner have been unsuccessful in your attempts. If you have decided to get help from a practitioner, you are probably wondering where you can find the best IVF clinics in Mexico.

With the increasing medical advances in this area, it seems that there are always new clinics opening, so you might be leery about just choosing one from an internet search, an email, and a phone call, and hoping for the best as you travel to a foreign country.

While the chances are that many of these clinics will be credible and be able to help you become pregnant, it is always a good idea to do your homework on potential clinics just for peace of mind if nothing else.

One of the best ways to find the best IVF clinic for you is to talk with other couples that have used this service. When couples have had a good experience in this area and were able to get pregnant, chances are good that they will be more than willing to tell you about their experience with the clinic and provide tips.

Speaking with other couples can also be just what you need if you are beginning to feel disheartened about trying to become pregnant because you can learn about their experiences and that they were finally successful after many failed attempts as well. This could also be a good chance to ask them any other questions you may have about the process.

The road down fertility treatment is never easy and if you are isolated from others while going to Mexico that makes it an ever tougher experience. We can help ease some of the concers and bumps along the way.

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How do you find a reputable IVF clinic in Mexico?

 This is the question that I get asked the most. How do you find a reputable IVF clinic in Mexico?

You think that it would be really easy to find a clinic and work with an IVF clinic in Mexico. After all you here all the time about couples going all over the world for IVF vacations. You just type in a few key words and off you go with a lot of easy choices a few phone numbers and lots of information to go over.

The truth is that it is very hard to find websites about Mexico IVF clinics online. Most of them are in Spanish and don't offer any translation to English.

Then when you find a website that is in English and you call the clinic the receptionist doesn't speak any English and when you don't speak any Spanish it leads to a very short conversation when she hangs up on you after you ask for the fourth time "does anyone speak English?"

With persistence and follow through with over 40 clinics you can find the ones that speak English. The Doctor's speak English. Over 80% of their clients are from the USA. They are kept secret, but they are out there and available.

If you can cut through the obstacles and find the right locations you can save thousands of dollars on IVF. The options are there and available for all.

This blog will go into details of the hurdles we overcame to find the best clinic for us.

Please comment on this blog or email us if you have any questions.

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Mexico IVF Options

 You can find stories all over the internet. Intended Parents going all over the world for IVF treatment. US couples going to Mexico because it is cheaper then the US.

 There are many reports of people going to Mexico for treatment, but finding concrete evidence, positive success stories, and overcoming the language barrier to get answers is elusive and time consuming.

Do to the high cost of infertility many Intended Parents are looking all over the world at the cost of treatments. India has been in the news as a Surrogate friendly country and has many success stories. Living in San Diego I am looking to Mexico for the options that they might provide.

There are several clinic's that offer IVF in Mexico as it is a very large country and most of the cities have multiple options. We have contacted over 40 clinic's during the last 12 months to determine which will be most helpful to Intended Parent's from the USA.

We have compiled all the information on the clinics we have contacted and researched and can make recommendation based on individual needs. We have set up a coordination program with the clinic we recommend to help couples find good quality health care at affordable prices. Our goal is to streamline the process for both the doctors and the patients.

We have arrangements with the doctors and will call them on your behalf to get questions answered, set up phone appointments and office visits in a timely manner. We will pre-screen you on behalf or the doctors so when you do speak in person they already have your information and the call or visit will be more productive in the time you have. All of their written information is in Spanish but we will provide you with a translated version. Don't waste time with call after to call to a receptionist who does not speak English and unable to help you make contact with the doctor.

We can give you information on places to stay near the clinics that are safe and US friendly, a list of lower cost airlines within Mexico and International.

Going further South into Mexico provides the least expensive options compared to staying in the border towns.

We have many couples with plans to have transfers this November or December.

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Flying into Guadalajara

Guadalajara International Airport

Whether you are driving or flying into Mexico, you will need:
  • Proof of citizenship
    • As of January 23, 2007 ALL PERSONS traveling by air outside of the United States are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States.
  • With proof of citizen, you will be able to obtain a turista or transmigrante (in plain English, a Tourist Visa or FMT).
    • If you are flying, you will receive a form (tourist pass) to fill out from the flight attendant just before you land which you will show when you pass through customs (aduanas) at the airport, along with your proof of citizenship. They will stamp it and give it back to you.
    • If you are driving, you will get the FMT at the immigration check-point after your cross the border.

Tourist Permit FMT Fee

  • Mexico charges a fee to all tourists and business visitors arriving in the country. The fee is approximately $22 U.S., and the money collected is handed to the Tourism Ministry to promote Mexican tourism.
  • Airlines normally collect the permit fee on behalf of the Mexican government and include the cost within the total airfare (under 'taxes and surcharges') so in the majority of cases, there will be no need for you to pay the fee separately.
The Airport code letters are GDL.
The airport is south of Guadalajara and only 30 minutes from the Lakeside area. It makes traveling easy for your or friends and family visiting. Around three years ago, the airport started an expansion project that doubled its operating capacity. This renovation included a new Terminal 1 concourse and four additional taxiways. The new Terminal 2 was recently inaugurated. They’ve also added a new three-level parking complex with new multi-lane exits that eases traffic congestion in the area.
The airline transportation that operates in Mexico is very good. You will find Mexicana, Aero México, American, Delta, Continental and United.
Guadalajara Internationl Airport just 30 minutes from Lake Chapala.Full Airport Name
(Guadalajara) Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport

Municipio Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, 45659 Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Airport Code

Country Code
(033) 3688 6399
Number of Terminals
Time Zone
Central Standard Time (Daylight Saving Time from first Sunday in April to last Sunday in October)
The airport is situated 30km (about a half hour) southeast of Guadalajara.
Airport News
The airport has undergone considerable recent renovation, including expansion of the Terminal 1 facilities.
Transfer Between Terminals
The domestic and international terminals are located in the same complex, a short distance apart.
Driving Directions
To reach the airport from Guadalajara, take Hwy-23 in the direction of Chapala; the highway leads directly to the airport, which is signposted. The airport is 30km (about a half hour) from Chapala.
Car Parking
Car parking is available outside the terminal building and adjacent to the airport hotel. It also has a newly built 3-level parking garage.
Car Hire
Aries, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National and Optima are among car hire operators represented at the airport.
Public Transport
Bus: The airport minibus (Servicio Colectivo) meets all flights outside the terminal building and takes passengers to the city center every hour (journey time - 35 minutes). Tickets are available for purchase at the booth outside Arrivals.
Taxi: Authorized taxis are available; they can be paid for and reserved at a counter in the terminal.
Information and Help Desks
A telephone information service (tel: (033) 3688 5120) is available. For airport information once at the terminal building, passengers should go to the help desk of the airline with which they are flying. There is a tourist information desk, which offers a hotel booking service.
Airport Facilities
Money and communications: There are three banks and ATMs. There is also a post office and a bureau de change. Fax and Internet facilities are available.
Eating and drinking: There are restaurants and bars at the airport; the restaurant is open 24 hours a day. There is a restaurant near the National Terminal; and a Starbucks and Burger King are located at the exit to the International Terminal.
Shopping: There are several shops at the airport, including duty-free (past the security check-in point).
Luggage: There is no left-luggage facility at the airport. There are sky-caps available.

Conference and Business Facilities
There is a small lounge that can be used for meetings. Mexicana airlines has a lounge equipped with fax facilities and has a lounge on the upper level, with wireless Internet, fax, photocopy and long-distance telephone facilities; meeting rooms are also available. Passengers using other airlines should contact the airline for details on the facilities they provide. The adjacent Hotel Casa Grande (tel: (033) 3678 9000; connected to the airport by a covered walkway, has a business centre, with computers, Internet access, fax and photocopying facilities, as well as a bilingual secretarial service and eight rooms for meetings and conferences, accommodating from 10 to 600 people. Audiovisual equipment is available for hire and catering can be arranged.
Facilities for Disabled Travelers
Facilities for disabled passengers are limited. There are disabled toilets and an electric wheelchair lift that enables passengers to access both levels of the terminal. Passengers requiring wheelchairs and special assistance should contact their airline prior to travel.
The Hotel Casa Grande (tel: (033) 3678 9000; adjacent to the airport and is connected to the terminal by a covered walkway and also provides a courtesy shuttle service. Other hotels are located in the city centre about 25 minutes away – many of these operate shuttle connections. A hotel reservation service is available at the tourist information desk.

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Buses Taxis Renting Cars in Guadalajara

Buses, Buses and More Buses...

Mexico has an efficient, effective and low-cost bus system throughout the country.
Bus service is composed of three categories in Mexico and differs dramatically from countries north of the border.  Not all the routes offer all three categories, especially the shorter distances.
Busing is the main means of transportation for the working class of Mexico.  And you can go most anywhere in Mexico by bus.  They are safe and reliable.

The First Class (Executive) BusesBus Station in Guadalajara

The first class (executive) buses like Primera Plus, ETN, etc. are excellent (and inexpensive), very comfortable and run between major cities.  They are modern, very clean, offer meal service and movies and have bathrooms; it's almost like flying first class. They offer wide, reclining seats and leg supports. You can even take a first class bus to the border for a very reasonable cost.

Second Class Buses

Second class buses serve every city and village in Mexico.  They may or may not have air conditioning and it is more like riding economy class in an airplane.  They are older, make frequent stops and are generally crowded, and very economical.  It is not uncommon for entertainers to climb on board, sing a few songs and pass the hat for a donation for the entertainment.  This is all part of the fun and we're inclined to tip a couple of pesos.

Small Local Buses

The third category of buses is smaller and run within local communities, up and down the streets picking up and dropping off along the way.  They are usually packed (standing room only) with local workers and students and the fare is around 7 pesos between Lakeside villages.  They aren't very luxurious but they will get you to where you need to go.  However, for long journeys, I'd stick to the first class buses.
Fortunately on the lakeside, we have a very reliable bus system and it is a great experience going from village to village on one of the local buses. When a bus is full and it stops to let someone off, invariably they are at the back of the bus and everyone in front piles off and then back on till the next stop.  The experience can have everyone talking and laughing after doing this a couple of times.

Taxis in Mexico

Taxis are abundant and very affordable, in spite of the high cost of gas.  However, on the lakeside, they don’t run late at night.  Often people will go to a restaurant anticipating they can simply call a cab to get home.  More than once we have been at a restaurant (that has no phone, and couldn’t get a cab if they did – unless previously arranged) and noticed people standing in front later in the evening watching for a passing taxi.  Invariably we (or other patrons, or even the staff) have driven the people home.
It is best to negotiate your fare BEFORE getting into the taxi, although most will charge a standard fare. It is not necessary to tip until they help with your luggage.
Sometimes you can hire a taxi and driver for the day if you want to go into Guadalajara or Tlacapaque shopping. Taxis can be found parked at each town plaza in Chapala and Ajijic as well as at every bus station.

Renting Cars in Lake Chapala, Mexico

Renting a car is no problem in Mexico.  $50 to $80 US dollars a day at the airport is typical.  You can also rent locally on the Lakeside and probably for less. The nice thing about Lake Chapala is you can get around so easily and economically by bus and taxi, even into Guadalajara so for short stays you may not need to rent a car.
If you are visiting friends in the area or renting a home and expect to borrow a vehicle (that is foreign plated) to do some sight seeing while you are here, think again.  It is illegal to drive a foreign-plated vehicle if you aren't the registered owner (Exception: you can drive it if the owner is in the car or you are a spouse, ascendant or descendent of the owner).  If you do borrow someone else's car and get stopped, you stand the chance of having the vehicle confiscated.

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IVF Clinic in Tijuana - First Visit

This week we visited a clinic in Tijuana. It is about a 2-3 minute cab ride past the border.

Despite all of the news reports in the USA - Tijuana was the same as it has always been.
We went early in the day on a Wednesday and we were back in the US before 3pm.

The initial consultation was under $50 and IVF with ICSI cost $4,500.
Meds are around $2,000 - $2,200.

The doctor's speak english, but the receptionist doesn't.

Overall, it was a positive experience.

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IVF in Mexico

 Mexico IVF treatment

I have been looking into the cost of IVF and Surrogacy Worldwide. There are two websites that have some breakdowns available. They are and at

The real value depends on what your needs are and what part of the world you live in. Travel expenses such as Hotels and airfare really add up fast.

From the USA, Mexico IVF appears to be a value price leader. The full fees for IVF and ICSI are only $4,000. Medication are in the $1,500 - $2,500 range. And there are round trip flights from almost all major US cities for around $300 round trip per person.

Many of the doctors are trained in the US and many clinics will let you bring your USA surrogate down to Mexico to transfer. With a surrogate from the US you only need to leave the country once for the transfer. The baby would be born in a US hospital with your normal doctor.

You can get the full treatment (IVF, ICSI, Meds, and Surrogate) start to finish for $20,000 - $30,000 and you only need to visit Mexico once. This is really a valid option that many people should explore.

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IECH in Tijuana, Monterrey, and Chihuahua

Beginning our third decade of service.

In 1986, The Institute of Studies for Human Conception (IECH) was founded by a group of doctors who dedicate their lives and practice to the study and treatment of infertile couples. In 1988, the first baby was born in Mexico using a novel technique called GIFT (Gamete Intrafallopian Tube Transfer) in an egg donor program. Today IECH boasts more than 1,700 babies born with IECH’s assistance. To ensure that the IECH staff are constantly trained in the latest assisted reproductive techniques, we rely on the scientific collaboration of Yale Fertility Center Director Dr. Pasquale Patrizio, MD. Together with him, IECH doctors Dr. Samuel Hernández Ayup, Dr. Roberto Santos Haliscak and Dr. Pedro Galache Vega, have brought the practice of assisted reproduction in Mexico to international acclaim.

Our practice has now grown to include dozens of physicians and three locations throughout Northern Mexico. While growing to meet the needs of our patients, we have remained true to our philosophy of providing contemporary medical care in an environment that supports each couple individually. The IECH has also played an active role in the medical community regarding human reproduction, sharing our clinical experience in local, national and international academic forums, as well as contributing to the development of highly qualified specialists.

Today, IECH ranks among the most successful fertility programs in the country. Our medical team is among the best in the field, nationally and worldwide. These dedicated specialists share a passion for their profession that has resulted in outstanding pregnancy rates for the past twenty years. Working together, our group of physicians, embryologists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are able to identify and overcome even the most complex infertility issues.

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IVF Mexico Message Board

Private section of IVF Mexican Message Board - Mexico Message Board

Here are links to another message board about Mexico.

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Creating “Modern” Families in Mexico City

 Assisted Reproduction and Population Politics
Creating “Modern” Families in Mexico City

Lara Braff
U Chicago
At 8:30 am, a young woman rushes into a Mexico City fertility clinic. She
is breathing heavily and a thin veneer of sweat glitters on her forehead. This
is her second in vitro fertilization cycle, so she knows this clinic’s schedule
well and knows that she is late; she was supposed to arrive promptly at
8:00 am for an ultrasound exam.

Between gasps of breath, she explains her late arrival to the other women
in the waiting room: “There was so much traffic this morning! I left my
house very early. But it took me more than two hours to get here.” Another
woman nods emphatically: “Yes, yes, yes! There was lots of traffic. My
husband drove us here, and it took us a very long time.”

She pauses, then adds: “In reality, we are many here... and
people still want to have more children— like we do!” They laugh.
During the course of my recent fieldwork in Mexico City, people
often spoke about assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) as
being somewhat out-of-place in this crowded context where
fertility control—not facilitation— remains a public priority.

Even as they struggled to conceive, the men and women I knew
expressed anxiety about current reproductive practices and overpopulation.
In fact, they would tell me that the “real problem” was not infertility—the condition
that ailed them—but rather that “people here still have too many children.” In an effort to
make sense of their use of ARTs, they grappled with the contradiction
between their concerns about the “population problem” and their personal desires to
have their “own” child.

One such effort, described here, involved co-opting idioms of modernity—
often associated with limiting reproduction—to justify using ARTs in terms of new familial
ideals. Mexican Fertility Clinics and Population Politics

In many ways, fertility clinics in Mexico are similar to those elsewhere in the world. They offer high-tech treatments, including in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination, intended to help people conceive.

Such treatments can be physically invasive and emotionally exhausting, as well as financially costly.
They are often perceived as elitist luxuries that perpetuate social stratification, as
wealthier patients can more easily go to high quality clinics, undergo multiple treatment cycles, and
utilize technologies and services (like donated gametes) that are difficult for the less wealthy to

Nevertheless, recent studies conducted in the Global South— such as Marcia Inhorn’s work in
Egypt and Elizabeth Roberts’s work in Ecuador—show that ARTs are increasingly used by people
of limited resources who find ways to pay for them, such as by borrowing from friends and family.

Regardless of people’s (in)ability to financially afford ARTs, in these and other societies the social pressure
to reproduce can be quite high as having children is locally construed as integral to a person’s
gender identity, kin relationships and societal participation.

In addition to financial constraints, patients in Mexico City fertility clinics also contend
with the tension between their own assisted reproductive practices and the historically entrenched
discourse on the “population problem” that shapes current views of reproduction.

In the early nineteenth century, leaders of the newly independent nation aimed
to expand and whiten Mexico’s population by encouraging European immigration. Although
large numbers of Europeans never arrived, Mexico’s nativeborn population grew rapidly as
 mortality rates fell and fertility rates rose.

After a heavy loss of life during the Mexican Revolution, efforts to re-grow the nation were
overtly pronatal in accordance with the prevailing nationalistic ethos that located the greatness
of Mexico in its large families and expansive population. By the 1960s, population growth
came to be seen as a national liability and high fertility rates were targeted as its insidious cause.
Beginning in the mid-1970s (when most of my informants were born), the government launched
massive family planning programs promoting contraceptive use and extolling the virtues of small families.

Such programs are now credited  with the sharp decline of the fertility rate from 6.8 children
per woman in 1970 to about 2.2 children per woman today.

However, this rate—hovering just  above replacement level—has not entirely quelled population-related
anxieties. As Carmen, a public health official, told me:

We are still in the process of the demographic transition ... The goal that Mexico had for 2006 was to get
to a fecundity rate of 2.1. We did not get there. One-tenth is easily said, but one-tenth means several
years ... And all of our indicators [of family planning] went down because we let our guard down
and because we were a conservative government. So, we are re-doing it.

And still we are not in a replacement situation. Mexico’s population  continues to grow. We are
many millions and each minutefour children are born. So, I still cannot sing victory.
The nation’s low—but allegedly not low enough—fertility rate continues to concern state officials
because it is seen as both the main cause of population growth and a sign of stalled modernization (ie,
an “incomplete” demographic transition).

These views are based on a measurement that conveys information about quantified, cumulative
reproductive behaviors. Yet, in practice, the fertility rate is usually disaggregated as public health interventions
target the sexual practices of specific groups, like the indigenous and urban poor, who are said
to be major contributors to population growth.

Justifying ARTs through Modern Familial Ideals Though few of my informants
directly cited the national fertility rate, many of them did feel acutely aware of the so-called population
problem, especially as they squeezed onto packed subway trains or sat bumper-to-bumper
in stalled traffic en route to the fertility clinic. Their daily experiences of a crowded public sphere,
along with exposure to campaigns promoting contraceptive use, reminded them of the social conundrums
rooted in the existence of too many bodies.

 Hence, some saw their own concentrated, costly, high-tech efforts to have children
as socially out-of-place. Striving to justify their use of ARTs, they often portrayed it as a “modern”
way not just to reproduce but also to create a family and, more specifically, to create a modern
Mexican family—one fortified by strong marital bonds and affective ties within the nuclear household.

A woman, whose husband went to work in the US for one year so they could afford fertility treatment,
explained to me why she was using ARTs: “For the love of my partner. And to have a child,
to feel what it is to be a mother...So many reasons! But, mostly, for love.”

Likewise, one man told me: “I feel that having children is  the culmination of the [marital]
These individuals, like others, sought to justify their use of ARTs by invoking modern marital ideals.
As Jennifer Hirsch describes, one way that Mexican youth today self-consciously inhabit modern
gendered identities is through the formation of companionate marriages. Such marriages, in
contrast to traditional marriages of the past, include features like mutual friendship, trust and both
emotional and sexual intimacy between spouses. Hirsch argues that this global marital ideology is not
simply mimicked or directly internalized by people in Mexico; rather, it is co-opted in culturally specific

Likewise, the people I knew seemed to localize and mobilize similar modernist romantic ideals
in order to justify using ARTs in a context where fertility control is prioritized and population-related
anxiety is palpable, yet where having children remains personally and socially valued. It was one
of several ways that they negotiated the tension between sociopolitical pressures to control reproduction
and their own labored efforts to conceive.

Ultimately, their experiences illuminate how reproductive desires, population politics and
modernist ideals converge around the local use of ARTs, molding this now global technology into
distinctively Mexican forms.

Lara Braff is a PhD candidate at  the University of Chicago. She is currently writing her dissertation on
the cultural meanings and social implications of ARTs in Mexico City. Her fieldwork there was supported by
a Fulbright-Hays grant.

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Mini-IVF with Dr. Alejandro Chavez-Badiola

Here are the details of the IVF and Mini-IVF costs at one clinic in Mexico.
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Regarding treatment costs, standard IVF at today's exchange would cost
you $5,ooo USD including medication and blood tests needed during
ovarian stimulation follow-up.

Cost for a Mini-IVF treatments remains the same (around $2,500 USD,
including bloods and meds). The same is true for the 3-month package
(5,000 USD + drugs and bloods).

Mini-IVF costs include baseline ultrasound and bloods, follow-up
during ovarian stimulation (ultrasound and bloods), egg collection and
embryo transfer.

What the 3-month package includes varies depending on your needs. You
will first have a Mini-IVF cycle with a fresh embryo transfer. If
surplus embryos are available for freezing (vitrification, if
required, is included in costs), we would freeze these. If the
surrogate doesn't get pregnant you'd have to use all of your frozen
embryos before attempting a further fresh cycle. If three Mini-IVF
cycles are needed within 3 months, then you would have all of them for
the package cost.

In the 3-month package, if you get pregnant on the first try, then
your pregnancy would've cost you 5000 USD. If you need the full 3
months of treatment, then the cost would be exactly the same.

- Is there a break in between to see if we have a positive pregnancy?

Ten days after each embryo transfer your surrogate would have a
pregnancy test performed. If this is negative, we would be ready to
perform an embryo transfer without delay and just 10 to 14 days
following the start of her period. In this way, she can have up to 3
embryo transfers within 3 months.

Please, add an approximate 5oo USD for surrogate's endometrial
preparation (drugs not included). This cost is the same for any of
the above mentioned options (Mini-IVF, standard IVF, and for each
embryo transfer during the 3-month package). Also, surrogate's fee is
not included in the above given quotes and you would have to make your
own arrangements with her.

Please, feel free to contact me should you have further questions
regarding your future treatment.

Best regards,

Dr. Alejandro Chavez-Badiola

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Vida Human Reproduction Science Institute

Vida Human Reproduction Science Institute
One out of five couples who want to have a baby, face the difficult task of not being able to conceive the so much desired pregnancy. If you are one of them, the Vida Human Reproduction Science Institute will help you to make the most intelligent decision in your lives and will accompany you on the road to become parents.
The Vida Human Reproduction Science Institute, with facilities in Mexico in the cities of Leon - Guanajuato, Guadalajara - Jalisco, and Matamoros - Tamaulipas, provides the latest advancements in Reproductive Medicine, Perinatology and Genetics, to help couples reach pregnancy and conceive a healthy baby.
The achievements in the past few years have been impressive. Fertility management is now more dynamic and efficient. The new technology permits us:
  • Determine with precision the cause of infertility.
  • Offer therapeutic alternatives with a better prognosis.
  • Apply and evaluate permanently the most appropriate treatment, offering alternatives in case of lack of response.
  • Achieve prenatal control specialized on the pregnancy in a way that permits us guarantee you mayor chances of success.
  • Give support to the referring phisician, in case the couple prefers that way.
Most of our success has been thanks to In Vitro Fertilization. Since its first application in 1978, almost one million babies have been born worldwide, from which hundreds of them have been conceived by couples treated in our clinic.
Plaza Las Am ricas 115 Paseo del Moral y Av. Guanajuato Colonia Jardines del Moral, C.P. 37160 Tel/Fax: +52 (47) 7779-0835, 7779-0836 de Especialidades Puerta de Hierro  Av. Empresarios # 150, Planta Baja  Colonia Puerta de Hierro Tel/Fax: +52 (33) 3642-7399, 3642-7394, 3642-2764 Alhelies # 51, entre 1a y 2da Colonia Jard n, C.P. 87330 Matamoros, Tamaulipas Tel: +52 (86) 8816-2625, Fax: 8812-2223 Av. Col n # 204d x 26  Colonia Garc a Gineres  Tel: +52 (999) 925-2020, 925-2120 y 925-3020  M rida, Yucat n Fees depend on individual case.

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Testimonies for Dr. Garza Morales, The Vida Human Reproduction Science Institute

The Vida Human Reproduction Science Institute

Here are some testimonies from some of their patients:

"We had artificial insemination several, several times, which was unsuccessful. Until eventually we came to Dr. Garza Morales and we went through the In Vitro process with him. We had faith in medicine, in Dr. Garza Morales, in the people from this clinic, and from the other two clinics as well, who came up to Matamoros to watch, to help, and to participate. It wasn´t a stressful experience. It was very nice and very helpful, the doctor would tell you everything you needed to know. And whenever I would call, as my Spanish wasn't very good, everybody was willing to help translate! It was really very nice. It wasn't scary, at all. Like if you go to Houston, its so big and overwhelming, and down here was so much nicer".

"To all the couples who have not been able to conceive on their own. Do not give up. There is always a solution to this.
I would like to recommend to all the husbands to be very supportive to your wives. It´s not an easy process. It takes a lot of psychological strength.
Don´t give up, don´t loose hope. Look at me, I have a five year old girl who I went through the In Vitro process. I went through it again, I continued batteling because I knew I could have another child. Thanks to God I am pregnant at this time. All because of God´s blessing and Dr. Garza´s knowledge".

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Medica Fertile, Share Your Story

Here is some message board posts from MedHelp members.

MedHelp Member's Question


Hi! ...thank you for responding to my post a couple of days ago, I wanted to know how the whole process is done in Mexico I have an appt with a doctor in Tijuana and wanted to know how much less expensive it is in mexico...

I thank you for all the information you can share...
Member Comments (10)
To: Gerberia //
It is ALOT less expensive! IVF was about $4000.00 and the meds were about $1600.00 a total of $5600.00! I was told to go between the 1st and 3rd day of AF. Once I started the process it took a total of 2 weeks. I was told that it would take 2 to 3 weeks depending. I was lucky that it only took two weeks! Make sure you take all your paper work and give them any tests you have that way they don't have to repeat them. I had alot of testing done here in Houston so I took everything and gave that to them. So they only asked me to have two additional tests done and DH also had to have some testing done. Once we were done with all the testing the doctor told us what the next step was. We had all the testing done in May and did IVF in July! Let me know if you hae any other questions.
To: MyYuyin //
wow that is great information! thank you I do have more questions

1. you know how here in the US some doctors for the price of $20k will do 3 cycles, how does that work in mexico?
2. what clinic did you go to?
3, Do you live in houston and how often did you have to go to mexico?
4. how are you feeling? any symptoms?
To: Gerberia //
1. The doctors in Mexico do not have anything like the shared risk program they have here. Over there you pay each IVF at a time.
2. I went to Medica Fertile (
3. Yes I live in Houston once I had the IVF completed in 8/3 I did not have to go back to Mexico. I was told to have the beta done here in Houston and call them back with the results. So depending on the results I will try IVF again in November.
4. Over all I feel OK. I have mild cramping, sore BB, some nausea, and yesterday I got a dizzy spell I had to sit down and fan my face. I also had some brown spotting around the time AF was due for 2 days. That scared me so I called my doc in Mexico and she told me to rest for one day and not walk that much. I was taking progesterone vaginal and she told me to start taking it orally cause it could be irritating me down there. Once I took a day off and stayed off my feet and changed the way I was taking the progesterone the brown spotting stopped!

To: MyYuyin //
Ohh Ok even though they dont have the Shared Risk Program, its still alot cheaper. I wonder how much It would be for IUI, I cant wait for my appointment.

Well it looks like you have pregnancy symptoms....when was your period due.
To: Gerberia //
IUI costs $500. My period was due 8/15. Yes my symptoms seem like they are pregnancy symptoms but I do not want to get my hopes up. I am taking it one day at a time! And waiting for the day I test. I wonder how long they take to give you back the results do you know? I hope everything goes well with your appointment!
To: MyYuyin //
Ohh wow..that is such a good when I have gone for betas in the past my doctor usually have the results in a couple of hours. Have you done a home pregnancy test? Is this your first IVF?
To: MyYuyin //
I tried going to their website and nothing comes up...
To: Gerberia //
Yes this is my 1st IVF. I have been holding off on doing the HPT I am very tempted to do it but I would hate to get a BPF and then when I get my beta done it's a BFN. I have been patiently waiting for my beta and it's MONDAY! Try again ( it works for me. If it does not work send me a email at yuyin.***@**** and I will email you a link.
email me at
can you send me the link for the clinic in mexico please thank you yvonne.***@****

MedHelp Member's Question


I was wondering where in Mexico did you go. Did you have to go everyday for blood work? What were your accomodations? Did they speak English? If you don't mind me asking, how much did it cost you? Did you get all of your meds there too? Sorry for all of the questions. Any info would help. Thanks.
To: SDteacher //
Hi SDteacher!
I went to Queretaro, Guanajuato to a clinic called Medica Fertile ( I did not have to go for blood everyday. My 1st appt was on my 3rd cycle day they did a ultrasound. That same day I started my shots and they only gave me enough for 5 days. On my 2nd appt I had another ultrasound to see the progress of my eggs and what they measured. So then they gave me more shots for 3 days. Once I finished with my last 3 days of shots they did the retrieval and 3 days later they did the transfer. The whole process took a total of 2 weeks and yes I hot all my meds in Mexico. Once they did the transfer on a Friday I came home on Sunday, and I was back to work on Monday. My mom has a home in Celaya so we did not have to pay for a hotel. But I did notice a hotel two or three blocks from the clinic and it looked OK from the outside.
Yes the doctors all speak English. The main doctor Rafael Sanchez Usabiaga did some of his studies in Virginia, Texas, Cambridge, and New York. So I am sure he is very fluent in English.
I spoke to them in Spanish so I did not have any problems. Doctor Rafael was my doctor and he is GREAT! The cost for IVF was about $4000 and the meds were about $1600 a total of $5600. We used a credit card to pay for all the meds and IVF. It just made it easier for you to use a credit card vs. having cash on us. For us it was worth it because in Houston IVF is about $13,000 and that does not include the meds. I hope this helps let me know if you have more questions.
To: MyYuyin //
Hey I was wondering how you are feeling? how are your symptoms.
To: Gerberia //
Hi Gerberia! I am doing well my morning sickness has really kicked in today! I went to get some breakfast with a friend and the smell of egg in the morning did it I almost threw up! Man that was nasty. I am only able to eat fruit in the morning cause she smell of food makes my stomach turn! So I have been eating ALOT of crackers. My cramps are slowly getting better I don't think I cramped at all yesterday. Today a little not much at all. I am still spotting light brown that has not changed and my bb's are still a bit sore not bad any more. How are you doing?

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