Date
18 August 2017
Experts say Hong Kong couples should conceive while they're young. Chances of a successful artificial insemination decrease with age.Photo: HKEJ
Experts say Hong Kong couples should conceive while they're young. Chances of a successful artificial insemination decrease with age.Photo: HKEJ

Artificial fertility cases up a record 20%

As many as 12,000 people received artificial fertility treatments last year, up 20 percent from the previous year.

The figure is the highest since 2009 when records on fertility treatments began, Ming Pao Daily reports.

More than a quarter involved in-vitro fertilization and sperm injection, according to the Council on Human Reproductive Technology.

Recipients included women in their fifties.

Meanwhile, nearly 10,000 people underwent sterilization in 2014, up 17.9 percent from a year earlier, also a record.

Experts said Hong Kong couples should conceive while they’re young because the chances of a successful artificial insemination decrease with age.

Dr. Grace Kong, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said the increase in artificial insemination cases is related to late marriage and late childbirth.

Older women are more prone to gynecological diseases and more at risk of being sterile, Kong said.

The chance of success for women over 50 is less than 10 percent.

Also, they face higher risks of miscarriage and increased likelihood of giving birth to unhealthy babies.

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