Global EditionASIA 中文双语Français
Home / Lifestyle / News

More Chinese seek IVF abroad

By Robert Blain in Melbourne | For China Daily | Updated: 2018-02-21 11:20

Growing business

Egg freezing is another popular method among Chinese women. The process is forbidden for unmarried women in China but remains an attractive option abroad for those - typically educated and middle-class - women who seek to postpone having children until later in their careers.

"We are seeing patients in their early 30s to early 40s. Due to our advanced technology in our egg-freezing process, we have high survival rates of our oocytes (eggs) and they may be stored indefinitely," said Francis.

Frozen eggs can typically be stored for many years and remain viable.

"We have had patients be successful with eggs and embryos frozen over 10 years," he added.

"(Egg freezing) is a growing business area," Sammi Kwok, chief operations officer of Fertility & Surgical Associates of California, told the BBC.

While egg freezing is popular with Chinese women in other countries, such as Singapore, Cambodia and Australia, the US is the most popular destination.

Around 25 Chinese women have frozen their eggs at Fertility& Surgical Associates annually in recent years. Kwok said the numbers are rising.

However, egg freezing for Chinese will remain a niche treatment due to its cost.

The BBC reported that egg freezing in the US costs between around $15,000 and $20,000 - excluding flights and accommodation. Additional egg-storage fees are also required.

The news outlet also reported that while "it is difficult to estimate the number of Chinese women freezing their eggs overseas, it is an active topic on social media", with a WeChat group giving advice to unmarried Chinese women on how to have children through unconventional means, such as egg freezing and IVF.

While many prospective Chinese mothers may prefer to stay in their homeland for their IVF treatment, there is not always an easy option.

"More and more women are coming to ask to have their second child," Liu Jiaen, who runs a private hospital in Beijing treating infertility through IVF, told The Japan Times.

According to Liu, the numbers of Chinese women coming to him for IVF rose by 20 percent following the relaxation of the family-planning policy. Prior to that, the average age of his patients was about 35, he said, adding that most of the women now are over 40 and some are even close to 50.

But the supply of services on the Chinese mainland is no longer sufficient to meet demand.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission estimated that 90 million women became eligible to have another child following the relaxation of the family-planning policy.

"The main driver (of the increased demand for IVF) is the (policy change) ... in 2015, swiftly giving rise to an influx of Chinese couples seeking a second child, coupled with a dearth of reliable fertility facilities on the mainland," Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, told China Daily.

|<< Previous 1 2   
Most Popular
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349