Hospitals to Work Together and Offer Services Using InVitro Fertilization
The University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital together with the Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong will start offering services that will allow families in Shenzhen to have children using test tube technologies a process also known as in vitro fertilization. The hospital released the plan for the said procedure after a three day conference on assisted reproduction that ended yesterday.
Eighty five percent of the women in Shenzhen as already in the child bearing age, but a growing number of these women are suffering from infertility due to various factors such as food contamination to environmental pollution. Some say a high stress level is also a contributor in causing infertility in women. Furthermore more women are giving birth at older ages which lead to an increased in the rate of birth defect. This prompted the city to have a need for advances reproductive medicine and prenatal diagnosis facilities that are handled by experts from the HKU Shenzhen hospital.
Started last year, the hospital unveiled its assisted reproduction center which is led by some of the core members of the HKU Queen Mary Hospital Center for Assisted Reproduction and Embryology in which the center brought cutting edge technologies and management models from Hong Kong and is now cooperating with the Queen Mary Hospital in offering assisted reproduction services. And since 1978 around 5 million babies were born using IVF and half of these babies were born in the past six years.