China bans sale of human eggs

The health ministry had outlawed "egg donation and supply for commercial purposes," the Xinhua news agency reported.

n a circular the ministry had also restricted the use of one donor's sperm to impregnate a maximum of five women and banned the supply of sperm to unauthorized institutions, it said.

As of March 31, 64 institutions were authorized to offer fertility treatment for childless couples, while seven institutions had established sperm banks, Xinhua said.

Figures were not immediatley available but the fertility business seems to be expanding fast and sperm banks have had problems getting supplies that are good enough.

Scientific research shows that overall sperm density among Chinese males has dropped by about 40 percent over the past half century, state media said recently.

China bans sale of human eggs, tightens control over sperm banks

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