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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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.
Click here to join our discussion on Mini-IVF.

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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Mexico IVF Message Board

Our Mexico IVF Message Board

To help share valuable information with Intended Parents that are considering
Mexico as an option we have started a new section of our message board to Mexico.

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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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