Chinese tourists usually flock to Australia to marvel at the barrier reef, experience the beaches and walk through Melbourne’s alleyways, not to freeze their eggs.
But doctors are predicting that Chinese visitors may soon be heading to Melbourne as part of a boom in ‘fertility tourism.’
Plans are in place for a high tech cryobank, which would attract many customers form China, to be built in Melbourne, 9News has reported.
Plans are in place for a high tech cryobank, which would attract many customers form China, to be built in Melbourne
‘We think the level of interest is huge, we have been inundated with queries,’ Dr Kenneth Leong, a Monash IVF clinician said.
The practice of freezing eggs is illegal for many Chinese women, including those that are single.
According to the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China, assisted reproductive technologies are denied to ‘single women and couples who are not in line with the nation’s population and family planning regulations.’
Even married women must prove that they are in fact married, have a licence to give birth and give evidence of their infertility.
Increasingly, the couples and singles that are banned, are looking at overseas assistance in egg freezing or IVF as a solution that could allow them to have it all
The cryobank in Melbourne could attract tens of millions of visitors to Australia, those behind the scheme have said.
‘We think the level of interest is huge, we have been inundated with queries,’ said Doctor Kenneth Leon (pictured)
The practice of freezing eggs is illegal for many Chinese women, including those that are single
‘Not only would they freeze the egg here, they are going to come here to detox the body to relax themselves and also to eat well and rest well before freezing the egg,’ said the founder of Borderless Healthcare Group (BHG), Dr Wei Siang Yu.
Determined single women have been flocking overseas to access the process for years. They travel to Japan, America and England to undergo the process.
For couples the process has been the same, though the reasons behind seeking international assistance is different.
The Chinese government relaxed the its ‘one child’ policy n 2016 due to its ageing population.
Many women flock overseas to freeze their eggs in countries like Japan, the USA and the UK
Borderless Healthcare Group created a reality television show (pictured) about helping couples fall pregnant.
That meant around 90million couples were now allowed to have a child but because they were older many found it difficult.
BHG has set up a digital platform to help Chinese couples fall pregnant or access international IVF.
The company even launched a reality TV show about the process and over 20 million viewers tuned in to watch the first episode.
Melbourne’s cryobank would be built within the next three years and would be able to store tens of millions of eggs.
Dr Leong addresses the concerns some had about whether the influx of ‘fertility tourism’ into the market could have adverse effects for Australian citizens by increasing costs or extending waiting periods.
‘Australian patients will not be compromised,’ assured Dr Leong.