Fertility Research

I’ve been researching different fertility clinics outside of the United States since I had a consultation at a well-known fertility clinic in San Diego.  The clinic was Reproductive Partners (http://www.reproductivepartners.com) in La Jolla. Overall, the experience was overwhelmingly sad, but this probably would have been the case at any clinic the first time. Basically, the cost of IVF with my own eggs would be roughly $28,000 and with donor eggs around $38,000. This is with ICSI, PGD, and the rest of the bells and whistles. If I widdled it down to the basics, if there is such a thing, I could probably get it to are $20k. The success rates for my age are around 40% to 79% respectively.

So after the shock dissipated, I began an intensive Internet search into various clinics in Mexico. I’ve narrowed it down to three; two in Cancun, and one in Tijuana or TJ as the locals call it. The two in Cancun are: Irega Cancun (http://www.iregacancun.com)  and Fertility Center Cancun (http://www.fertilitycentercancun.com). I received an IVF own-egg quote from Irega and for everything (not including flight and accommodation) it is $5900. This does not include medication, which can run around $2-3K. They offer a warranty program if you need a second cycle. Basically, IF there are viable embryos left over from the first cycle the transfer will be free. Most of the reviews seem good online, and they were the first fertility clinic in Cancun. The second clinic has not gotten back to me. I’ve inquired twice. From what I can gather online the price is lower than Irega at around $4200 plus meds, etc. Dr. Garza is the director and he has a lot of youtube videos that are good to watch. Overall, the clinic seems like a good possibility, except for the no response. Should I take this as a sign?

 

The other clinics are in TJ. The first one is Reproductive Medicine Institute (http://www.ivftijuana.com). They offer an all inclusive  IVF with own eggs for $7000. This does include meds. There are also members of RedLara (http://www.redlara.com/aa_ingles/registro.asp), which stands for Red Latina-americana de Reproduccion Astida. Apparently, this certifies medical clinics and hospitals. I first contacted them through IVF in Mexico (http://www.ivfinmexico.com), a website that helps you to find different clinics in Mexico. I received an instant quote for a few places from them, once I filled out their form. I pasted my quote below.

 

Treatment : IVF with ICSI
Hospitalization : N/A
Total Stay in Country : 14-21 Days
Doctor’s Notes : Doctor’s Notes: Medication not included. Prices of the medication will be set according to doctors evaluation. ICSI included in the price.
Quantity : 1
Price : 5900 USD

Treatment : IUI (Intra Uterine Insemination)
Hospitalization : N/A
Total Stay in Country : 7-10 Days
Doctor’s Notes : Doctor’s Notes: Medication not included. Prices of the medication will be set according to doctors evaluation.
Quantity : 1
Price : 1450 USD

Treatment : Egg Donation IVF
Hospitalization : N/A
Total Stay in Country : N/A
Doctor’s Notes : Doctor’s Notes: Only include the Medication for the donor. Prices of the medication will be set according to doctors evaluation. Price includes egg donors medication, Local Donors.
Quantity : 1
Price : 7900 USD

 

Treatment : IVF with ICSI
Hospitalization : N/A
Total Stay in Country : 14-21 Days
Doctor’s Notes : Doctor’s Notes: Monitoring, medical consultation, estradiol follow up if needed, egg retrieval, anesthesia, IVF- ICSI, Assisted hatching if needed, embryo transfer on day 3 or blastocyst,cryopreservation of remaining embryos. Medication not included. Prices of the medication will be set according to doctors evaluation.
Quantity : 1
Price : 5900 USD

Treatment : IUI (Intra Uterine Insemination)
Hospitalization : N/A
Total Stay in Country : 7-10 Days
Doctor’s Notes : Doctor’s Notes: Monitoring, sperm capacitation, intrauterine insemination. Medication not included
Quantity : 1
Price : 1450 USD

Treatment : Egg Donation IVF
Hospitalization : N/A
Total Stay in Country : N/A
Doctor’s Notes : Doctor’s Notes: 8-10 donor eggs, donor medication and compensation,IVF- ICSI, Assisted hatching if needed, embryo transfer on day 3 or blastocyst,cryopreservation of remaining embryos. Medication for the recipient not included
Quantity : 1
Price : 7900 USD

 

Treatment : IVF with ICSI
Hospitalization : N/A
Total Stay in Country : 14-21 Days
Doctor’s Notes : Doctor’s Notes: Price includes: monitoring (within the IVF cycle), medical fees, IVF-ICSI, embryo transfer Doctor’s note: Cost of medication is extra 2,000-2,500USD depending on the patient’s response to medication and Dr.’s evaluation Cost of all-included IVF-ICSI: 7,000USD *****All prices are in U.S. dollars and prices are subject to change without prior notice. To lock the prices provided in the quote, patients must make a deposit of 25% of total cost within the next 72 hours*****
Quantity : 1
Price : 5500 USD

Treatment : Natural Cycle IVF
Hospitalization : N/A
Total Stay in Country : 14-21 Days
Doctor’s Notes : Doctor’s Notes: Price includes: monitoring (within the IVF cycle), medical fees, IVF-ICSI, embryo transfer *****All prices are in U.S. dollars and prices are subject to change without prior notice. To lock the prices provided in the quote, patients must make a deposit of 25% of total cost within the next 72 hours*****
Quantity : 1
Price : 4000 USD

Treatment : IUI (Intra Uterine Insemination)
Hospitalization : N/A
Total Stay in Country : 4-7 Days
Doctor’s Notes : Doctor’s Notes: Doctor’s note: Price includes: medication, monitoring (within the IUI cycle), medical fees, IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) *****All prices are in U.S. dollars and prices are subject to change without prior notice. To lock the prices provided in the quote, patients must make a deposit of 25% of total cost within the next 72 hours*****
Quantity : 1
Price : 1200 USD

Treatment : Egg Donation IVF
Hospitalization : N/A
Total Stay in Country : 10-14 Days
Doctor’s Notes : Doctor’s Notes: Price includes: monitoring (within the IVF cycle), medical fees, egg donor fees, IVF-ICSI, embryo transfer. Medication included. *****All prices are in U.S. dollars and prices are subject to change without prior notice. To lock the prices provided in the quote, patients must make a deposit of 25% of total cost within the next 72 hours*****
Quantity : 1
Price : 7800 USD

 

 

I now have an appointment for Saturday with a doctor at Reproductive Medicine Institute. They do require additional testing that I’m not sure about because of the necessity, but when I speak to the doctor on Saturday, I will know more information. Tijuana would be the most convenient but Cancun could be better and more of a holiday like experience. I don’t know how many people have told me to relax, stop thinking about it, so perhaps a conception holiday is exactly what I need. The statistics for the clinics in Mexico match the ones in the United States, so this is a good sign. More after Saturday.

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