Num­ber of in­fer­tile cou­ples ex­ceeds 40 mil­lion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The num­ber of in­fer­tile cou­ples at the op­ti­mum age for con­cep­tion in China ex­ceeds 40 mil­lion and is ris­ing, ac­cord­ing to the China Pop­u­la­tion As­so­ci­a­tion.

Sta­tis­tics from the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion show that 432 med­i­cal in­sti­tutes are cer­ti­fied to per­form as­sisted re­pro­duc­tive tech­nolo­gies (ART), and they per­form about 700,000 pro­ce­dures a year.

The com­mis­sion es­ti­mates that the two-child pol­icy, which took ef­fect in Jan­uary, will make an ex­tra 90 mil­lion cou­ples el­i­gi­ble to have a sec­ond child, but about 50 per­cent of the newly el­i­gi­ble women are 40 or older.

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