Beijing’s decision to allow all married couples to have two children is driving a surge in demand for fertility treatment among older women, putting heavy pressure on clinics and breaking down past sensitivities, and even shame, about the issue. According to the South China Morning Post, the rise in in-vitro fertilization points to the deferred dreams of many parents who long wanted a second child, but were prevented by a strict population control policy in place for more than 30 years. Over the past two decades, IVF technology has developed rapidly in China, where about 10% of couples are estimated to need the procedure to conceive. In 2014, 700,000 women had IVF treatments.
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