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It’s a shame to think that the exorbitant cost of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) procedures in the United States and Canada might eliminate many couples who very much want children from the opportunity to achieve parenthood.

Couples who need IVF are not rare. In fact between 8 and 10 percent of all couples have difficulty conceiving and many of those cannot afford the treatment that has helped so many others achieve full-term pregnancy successfully. Between 25 and 30 percent of women who try IVF are able to achieve pregnancy leading to a live birth.

Prior to IVF, the mother receives hormone treatment that stimulates the production of ripened eggs that are then surgically removed. The father´s or donor sperm is used to fertilize the mother’s eggs in a laboratory. Once conception has been achieved and the fertilized eggs (embryos) are deemed healthy, one or more are implanted into the mother´s womb where they grow and follow the normal course of pregnancy. Surrogate mothers sometimes are used as gestational carriers to bring the baby to term, but the beauty of IVF is that most mothers are able to carry and give birth to their own child.

Because IVF involves a surgery to retrieve eggs from the mother´s ovaries and to implant the embryo, as well as hormone therapy and lab work, it is important to work with a highly experienced medical team that has a track record for achieving pregnancy.

In the US, the cost of these services is typically $10,000–15,000 US dollars per round. Employee insurance often excludes coverage for IVF, so couples are often forced to pay out of pocket. The costs are similar in Canada, although provincial government provided health care will typically pay for a few rounds of IVF. If a couple cannot afford treatment (or more treatment) locally, they welcome other options.

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Mexico has long been a place where couples find affordable, safe and effective IVF treatments at about half of what they might pay in the US. The Mexican culture is family oriented, and medical personnel understand the emotional as well as the medical issues involved for couple coping with infertility. So, couples are treated in a warm, supportive and caring environment. Because driving and flight times are significantly less than with other international destinations there is less stress, jet lag, loss of work and expense involved.

There are many excellent, modern fertility clinics in Mexico that are highly professional, fully certified for tissue implantation and overseen by the Secretary of Health (Secretaria de Salud). Mexico Fertility Center is recognized as a leading fertility facility. Dr. Leonardo Garza is a respected fertility specialist and the director of the center. “Our fertility treatments are often 50% less than the same services in the U.S. with equal or better success ratios,” reports Dr. Garza. (www.MexicoFertilityCenter.com)

Thousands of North American couples and single parents seeking affordable fertility solutions have chosen Mexico for their fertility services. This trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable as health care prices skyrocket in the US, making it more difficult for average healthcare consumers to afford quality care at home.

Monica PaxsonMonica Rix Paxson is an award-winning author writing on topics related to science and medicine including the book “The English Speaker’s Guide to Dental Care in Mexico”.
She has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and the BBC.

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