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In Vitro Fertilization in Mexico City

The Ultimate Guide to In Vitro Fertilization in Mexico City

For couples who haven’t been able to get pregnant, in vitro fertilization in Mexico City offers couples the opportunity to have fertility procedures in world-class clinics at a fraction of the prices they’d pay at home.

In vitro fertilization, also referred to as IVF, is a complex procedure which helps couples with conception, who are otherwise unable to do so due to fertility problems or genetic issues. In vitro basically means ‘outside the body’ and in this treatment, mature eggs are retrieved from the ovaries of a woman and fertilized by sperm in a laboratory dish. IVF can be done using the couple’s own eggs and sperm, or it can also be performed using donor eggs, sperm or even embryos. Sometimes, a gestational carrier can be used if the woman herself is unable to carry the fetus. IVF is the most effective form of assisted reproductive technology.

Should I consider IVF?

In vitro fertilization is offered as a primary treatment for women above the age of 40, although it also a viable option for younger women as well. IVF is a great option for people who suffer from fertility problems or genetic disorders that makes conception difficult for them. IVF is an ideal treatment for patients who suffer from the following:

  • Fallopian tube damage or blockage
  • Ovulation disorders
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Endometriosis (which is when uterine tissue starts to grow outside the uterus)
  • Uterine fibroids (fibroids are benign tumors on the wall of the uterus)
  • Previous tubal sterilization

Impaired sperm production or function
A genetic disorder

Why is Mexico City the best option for IVF?

Mexico has recently come to the forefront of medical tourism due to its cut-down prices for the majority of medical procedures and for the level of expertise of its doctors. Globalization and cross-border training has seen a move towards standardized medical procedures throughout the world. Doctors can be members of national professional, foreign and international professional associations.

For IVF treatments, Mexico City is a really good option, especially for couples living in the US and Canada. First and foremost, Mexico City is very approachable for couples living in North America. It is easily accessible with cheap, regular air flights.

Medical tourism is one of Mexico’s success stories. New facilities are springing up to cater for increasing numbers of foreign patients. As more patients come, more money is brought in, and this in turn is ploughed back into making facilities even better. It is a symbiotic relationship that works well and healthy competition between providers ensures that clinics are keen to maintain high standards so that patients don’t go elsewhere.

However, checking out any facility’s credentials is a necessary step before you make your final decision. At Medical Departures, it is our primary goal to connect our patients to doctors that we feel comfortable with. We perform thorough background checks on qualifications, professional memberships, safety standards, and criminal records. While also taking into account real patient reviews and personally visiting the facilities, we only recommend doctors and facilities that have passed all our tests.

What does the procedure involve and how long does it take?

The procedure starts of with ovulation induction in which the woman is given synthetic hormones to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Several different medications will be also prescribed by your doctor depending on each individual case. To determine whether eggs are ready for retrieval, the doctor will perform ultrasounds and blood tests. Once ready, the eggs can be retrieved 34 to 36 hours before ovulation begins in the clinic. Sperm are collected from the partner on the morning of egg retrieval. Once both the eggs and sperm are collected, the doctor will proceed to fertilize multiple eggs. When one egg is successfully fertilized and the doctor has a healthy embryo, the next step is to place the embryo in the woman’s uterus. This is usually done two to six days after egg retrieval. The whole process can be done in 10 days, but it could be a few weeks.

What is the recovery time and are there any risks and side effects?

After the embryo has been implanted in the woman’s uterus, she can return to her normal, daily activities. It is advised that she avoid strenuous activities for a couple of weeks as the ovaries are still slightly swollen and and may cause discomfort.

Some of the side effects include passing a small amount of clear or bloody fluid after the procedure, breast tenderness, mild bloating, mild cramping and constipation.

The risks of this procedure are not commonly seen, and you should discuss them in length with your doctor. Most risks are associated with fertility medications such as headaches, hot flashes, abdominal pain and bloating. Although rare, fertility medication can cause ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS). Symptoms for this include nausea, decreased urinary frequency, shortness of breath, faintness, severe stomach pains, and more than ten-pound weight gain within the first three to five days. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

What are the cost comparisons of In Vitro Fertilization in Mexico City compared to the US and Canada?

You can save up to 50% on IVF procedures in Mexico City compared to in the United States.

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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or instructions for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or a qualified medical professional before starting or changing medical treatment.

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