Women have de­vices taken out to al­low sec­ond child

About 3.5 mil­lion had birth con­trol ap­pa­ra­tus re­moved last year; more are ex­pected to fol­low

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By WANG XIAODONG and SHAN JUAN

Health work­ers in China are ex­pected to help at least 3.5 mil­lion women re­move in­trauter­ine de­vices fol­low­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the uni­ver­sal two-child pol­icy this year, ac­cord­ing to China’s top health author­ity.

Lo­cal health au­thor­i­ties will con­tinue to pro­vide such ser­vices for free dur­ing the 13th Five-Year Plan pe­riod (2016-20) to help cou­ples have a sec­ond child, Song Li, deputy head of ma­ter­nal and in­fant health­care at the Na­tional Health and Family Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, said at a news con­fer­ence on Mon­day.

About 3.5 mil­lion women had their in­trauter­ine de­vices re­moved by lo­cal health au­thor­i­ties last year, and more are ex­pected to do so this year, she said.

Eigh­teen mil­lion women who plan to have a sec­ond child need to have their in­trauter­ine de­vices re­moved, and most will do so within the next three years, Song said.

China has been re­lax­ing its family plan­ning pol­icy grad­u­ally in re­cent years, as it faces a de­clin­ing fer­til­ity rate and an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion.

The lat­est amend­ment to the pol­icy, adopted at the be­gin­ning of the year, al­lows all cou­ples in China to have two chil­dren. The Na­tional Health and Family Plan­ning Com­mis­sion said 90 mil­lion cou­ples in China be­came el­i­gi­ble to have a sec­ond child due to the new pol­icy, although half of them are

women who plan to have a sec­ond child need to have their in­trauter­ine de­vices re­moved.

al­ready older than 40, mean­ing they are less likely to get preg­nant.

He Wen­jie, a gy­ne­col­o­gist at Xuzhou Ma­ter­nal and Child Health­care Hospi­tal in Xuzhou, Jiangsu prov­ince, said women are able to have their in­trauter­ine de­vices re­moved for free at med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions des­ig­nated by lo­cal health au­thor­i­ties, such as com­mu­nity health cen­ters and town­ship hos­pi­tals, as long as they had the de­vice im­planted by health au­thor­i­ties.

Ji Suwen, a doc­tor at the family plan­ning de­part­ment of Bei­jing Ob­stet­rics and Gyne­col­ogy Hospi­tal, said many big hos­pi­tals charge pa­tients for re­mov­ing in­trauter­ine de­vices.

“Al­most all pa­tients who come to our hospi­tal for the pro­ce­dure are those who can­not have the de­vices re­moved at grass­roots hos­pi­tals for var­i­ous rea­sons,” she said.

How­ever, Ji said more women have come to the hospi­tal to have in­trauter­ine de­vices im­planted than those seek­ing their re­moval.

“Many women have given birth to a sec­ond child and now they are turn­ing to longterm con­tra­cep­tive mea­sures,” she said.

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