LA clinic seeks to ac­cess Chi­nese fer­til­ity mar­ket

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By LIA ZHU in San Fran­cisco li­azhu@chi­nadai­

A Los An­ge­les re­pro­duc­tive clinic is look­ing to tap a de­mo­graphic of af­flu­ent Chi­nese women by pro­mot­ing its egg-freez­ing treat­ment on Alibaba’s group-buy­ing web­site Juhua­suan.

South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Re­pro­duc­tive Cen­ter (SCRC) is cur­rently in talks with Juhua­suan about bring­ing Chi­nese women to the United States for treat­ment, fol­low­ing the Chi­nese web­site’s re­cent suc­cess­ful sperm-do­na­tion pro­gram that con­nected more than 22,000 donors with sperm banks through online book­ing three days last month.

The at­tempt by Alibaba shows that there’s great po­ten­tial to de­velop O2O (online-to off­line) com­merce in med­i­cal and health care ar­eas, said Su Yu, mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ist with Juhua­suan.

“We are now do­ing re­search and hope for co­op­er­a­tion [with SCRC] when ev­ery­thing is ready,” he told China Daily.

The Hangzhou-based web­site has taken a cau­tious ap­proach amid a na­tional de­bate over women’s re­pro­duc­tive rights af­ter Chi­nese ac­tress Xu Jin­glei dis­closed she had nine of her eggs frozen in the US two years ago at the age of 39.

Un­der Chi­nese law, only mar­ried women with

Sup­port­ers, how­ever, re­gard the re­stric­tions as an in­fringe­ment on women’s re­pro­duc­tive rights.

Pop­u­lar Chi­nese blog­ger Han Han said in his post, “Why don’t women have the right to use their own eggs? Why can’t women use their re­pro­duc­tive rights?”

Other In­ter­net users said the near ban means un­mar­ried women are es­sen­tially blocked from re­pro­duc­ing, or that more women will be driven to marry and have chil­dren quickly.

“Egg freez­ing gives women more free­dom and in­de­pen­dence, as re­pro­duc­tion is one of the most im­por­tant fac­tors re­strict­ing women’s de­vel­op­ment,” said an un­mar­ried 35-year-old pro­fes­sional woman work­ing with the Bei­jing branch of a US advertising com­pany who asked not to be named. She said she had “great in­ter­est” in the eggfreez­ing treat­ment.

Many sin­gle Chi­nese women wish­ing to have their eggs frozen have turned to over­seas clin­ics.

“Due to ca­reer con­sid­er­a­tions, many pro­fes­sional women choose to de­lay their moth­er­hood, so chances are that they miss their prime time of pro­duc­ing high-qual­ity eggs,” said Char­lie Gu, di­rec­tor of China Lux­ury Ad­vi­sors, a China con­sumer strat­egy con­sul­tant. SCRC is one of the firm’s clients.

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