The birth and routinization of IVF in China – University of Copenhagen

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10 October 2016

The birth and routinization of IVF in China

Professor MSO Ayo Wahlberg contributed to Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online with the article "The birth and routinization of IVF in China".

The article seeks the anwer to how China, with its history of restrictive family planning policies, is today home to some of the world’s largest IVF clinics, carrying out as many as 30,000 cycles annually.
The article addresses how IVF was developed in China during the early 1980s, becoming routinized at the same time as one of the world’s most comprehensive family planning programmes aimed at preventing birth was being rolled out. IVF was not merely imported into China; rather it was experimentally developed within China into a form suitable for its restrictive family planning regulations. As a result, IVF and other procedures of assisted reproductive technology have settled alongside contraception, sterilization and abortion as yet another technology of birth control.

Ayo Wahlberg: "The birth and routinization of IVF in China" in Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online, 05.10.2016.