China has seen an increase in women travelling abroad to receive fertility treatment, according to Chinese media
The rise is following the country’s decision to relax its family planning policy in 2015.
CEO of Bangkok-based healthcare consultancy Medical Departures, Paul Taggart said there were several reasons why the women were travelling to places such as Thailand, Malaysia and as far as America for fertility treatment.
The main reasons for the rise in travelling is that there is a long waiting list at Chinese fertility clinics for treatment and women deciding to start a family later in life.
He said: “The legality of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and gender selection are also reasons Chinese mothers don’t go through IVF domestically,” he said, referring to the genetic profiling of an embryo prior to implantation in the uterus.
He added that anecdotal evidence suggests that the success rates of IVF programs in China are about ten percent lower than rates abroad.
According to Medical Departures, the cost of IVF in Thailand ranges from 48,000 yuan to 80,000 yuan ($7,400-$12,300). In Malaysia, it is from around 21,000 yuan to 31,000 yuan. And expenses in Singapore range from 40,000 yuan to 88,000 yuan.
Egg freezing is also becoming more popular with Chinese women, but it is currently against the law for unmarried women to have this procedure, which is another reason women are travelling abroad to freeze their eggs.
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