IVF demand is increasing after one-child policy relaxed

Following the recent law change allowing all couples to have two children, hospitals have reported an increase in women over 40 seeking in vitro fertilization. 
Ti Gong

Doctors at Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital's IVF center are showing visitors the early development of an embryo on a computer screen.

Following the recent law change in China allowing all couples to have a second child, local hospitals have reported an increase of couples in their 40s applying for in vitro fertilization services.

Medical experts warned that there is only a 5 percent success rate for women over 45 years old to get pregnant through IVF technology. There is also a higher rate of miscarriage and children with congenital deformities due to older age and dropping egg quality, said Dr Teng Xiaoming from Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital. “Some families simply want to have twins through IVF technology. It is a wrong idea as there is much more risk for twins and multiples, such as premature delivery."

“Couples, especially those in their late 30s and 40s, had better go to doctors for professional checks and consultation before having a second child,” Teng said.




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