Birth controls

Chinese women reveal they are freezing their eggs overseas

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A growing group of women in China are choosing to freeze their eggs in the US and elsewhere, and are going public with that decision. Egg freezing in China is only available for those who have cervical cancer or other diseases and are married. Along with the one-child policy, this is part of the world’s most populous nation’s efforts to curb, rather than promote, population growth.  While the policy has already been loosened, demographers are now arguing lawmakers should lift birth restrictions completely to prevent a future labor shortage. Meanwhile, many Chinese families are choosing to postpone having children, causing demand for IVF treatments overseas to surge. As these treatments remain expensive, they are accessible only to wealthy Chinese women: Zou Qinghong, a former Chinese TV host, who went public with her decision, paid around $20,000 for her egg-freezing procedures in California.

Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal.


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