Older cou­ples seek­ing 2nd child face sperm prob­lem

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

As an in­creas­ing num­ber of cou­ples, many past their re­pro­duc­tive prime, seek to have a sec­ond child un­der China’s new two-child pol­icy, chal­lenges ex­ist in­clud­ing poor sperm qual­ity, ex­perts said.

China’s State Coun­cil is­sued a res­o­lu­tion on Tues­day on im­ple­ment­ing the univer­sal two-child pol­icy and im­prov­ing fam­ily plan­ning ser­vices to carry out the new law.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial es­ti­mates, 60 per­cent of the cou­ples who are newly el­i­gi­ble for a sec­ond baby are age 35 or older, and many of th­ese are vis­it­ing fer­til­ity spe­cial­ists for ad­vice or as­sis­tance.

De­spite the lack of a na­tional sur­vey on sperm qual­ity, China has seen an in­creas­ing re­pro­duc­tion prob­lem, with the in­fer­tile pop­u­la­tion ex­ceed­ing 50 mil­lion. Half in­volve in­fer­tile hus­bands with low sperm qual­ity, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial es­ti­mates

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