Frequently Asked Questions

Q?What is the currency in Mexicali and do I need to exchange my money?

U.S. Dollars are accepted everywhere in Mexicali. ATMs are plentiful throughout the tourist areas. It’s very easy to withdraw cash at these locations or to pay with your credit card.

Q?What type of travel documents do I need?

A valid passport is a must for travel to Mexico. Your passport should be valid for at least another 6 months from your date of travel. If it is about to expire, please get it renewed before you travel. Please also bring any important medical documents and information that the fertility professionals at Mexico Fertility Center should know.

Q?I’m still not sure about receiving medical care outside of the U.S. How can I trust the quality of care at Mexico Fertility Center?

Dr. Leonardo Garza is Board Certified in Fertility Services and Obstetrics and Gynecology. His credentials are equal to the credentials earned by fertility specialists in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Mexico Fertility Center abides by international standards for quality health care and patient safety. We invite you to visit our offices and meet our incredible team.  We’re confident that you will feel complete confidence in our ability to help you start your new family.

Q?Why is medical care more affordable in Mexico?

Operating expenses in Mexico today are much lower than in countries like the U.S. and Canada. We have lower construction and operating costs, which allows us to offer a high level of technology and quality medical care. Additionally, costs are typically lower due to the following:

• Favorable exchange rates
• Lower government taxes
• Less administrative paper shuffling
• Less expensive medical supplies/equipment/medications

Q?Will my insurance cover fertility treatment?

Insurance coverage for fertility treatment varies greatly from policy to policy. In the U.S., some states have passed laws that require insurers to either cover or offer coverage for infertility diagnosis and treatment. It is important for patients to consult with their insurance company prior to making a decision to pursue fertility treatment, as not all insurers cover these procedures.

Q?How much does fertility treatment cost?

Price will vary depending on the type of fertility treatment you need. Typically, couples that have fertility treatment services at Mexico Fertility Center experience savings of 30-70% over standard U.S. prices, which average more than $12,400. This is why every year, more and more Americans and Canadians are traveling to Mexico Fertility Center to receive world-class fertility treatment at deeply discounted prices.

Q?What causes male infertility? Is there any way to prevent it?

Male infertility is often caused by varicocele, which occurs when the veins on a man’s testicles are enlarged. This causes them to heat up and become hot, which can affect the number or shape of the sperm. While it is difficult to prevent infertility, a man’s sperm is directly impacted by his health and lifestyle choices. To help keep sperm healthy, men should avoid the following:

• Smoking
• Drugs
• Alcohol
• Environmental toxins
• Radiation or chemotherapy
• Certain medications

Q?What is the average success rate of fertility treatment?

At Mexico Fertility Center, we are very proud of our high success rates. The key to this success is our varied and extensive experience in the field of fertility. Success rates depend on numerous factors and may vary based on different treatment options. Some of these factors include:

• Age of female
• Quality & quantity of eggs retrieved
• Quality of sperm
• Cause & duration of infertility

Q?Are the fertility procedures painful?

The embryo transfer procedure is similar to a Pap smear and patients typically report minimal to no discomfort. During the egg retrieval procedure, patients are sedated using a general anesthetic so they experience no pain.

Q?How long can embryos stay safely frozen?

Embryos can be stored safely for up to 5 years using embryo vitrification, or embryo cryopreservation.

Q?If I have frozen embryos at Mexico Fertility Center, can I have them transferred to another clinic at any point?

Absolutely. It is common practice to transfer embryos to clinics throughout the world to suit the needs of our patients. We have instituted a stringent set of guidelines to ensure that your embryos remain safe during transit.

Q?Do I need to make any lifestyle changes after undergoing fertility treatment?

Since the procedures are virtually painless, your recovery time will be very quick. Although we recommend that you rest for the remainder of the day following an embryo transfer procedure, you can resume normal activity the following day. Since the goal of the transfer is pregnancy, we recommend that you avoid hot tubs and strenuous activities. Sexual intercourse should not be affected.

Q?How long should my partner and I try to conceive before we seek fertility treatment?

Healthy women under the age of 35 should try to conceive for 1 year or more before seeking the help of a fertility specialist. Women over the age of 35 should try to conceive for 6 months before seeking the help of a doctor. It is important to consult your doctor if you have any of the following health issues, which may increase your risk of infertility:

• Irregular, absent or painful periods

• Pelvic inflammatory disease

• Endometriosis

• History of miscarriage(s)

• Hormonal imbalance

Q?If my IVF treatment is unsuccessful, how long do I have to wait before trying again?

We recommend waiting about one month, approximately the length of time of a normal menstrual cycle. This allows your ovaries to resume normal activity before stimulating them again. If you have frozen embryos remaining from a previous cycle, you can proceed with the next cycle of treatment with no breaks.

Q?What causes female infertility? What should be avoided to reduce the risk of infertility?

Female infertility is caused by ovulation problems. Women typically notice an irregular or absent menstrual period, which may be a sign of abnormal ovulation. Ovulation problems may be the result of a myriad of causes, including polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), blockage in the Fallopian Tubes due to pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or problems with the uterus. To reduce the risk of infertility, women should avoid the following:

• Smoking
• Drugs
• Alcohol
• Stress
• Bad diet
• Overweight or underweight