The fertility anxiety of 50 million Chinese
On Women’s Day, Chen Mang, a 35-year-old single female white-collar worker in Beijing, ordered a pre-pregnancy checkup from a fertility APP. Love just talked about a month, but Chen Mang felt that “this matter can not be delayed, it can be said that I was in order to give birth to a child just talk about love.”
In medical terms, women over the age of 35 who give birth for the first time are considered advanced mothers. Choosing to be older means not only greater physical risk, but also the fact that women will never be able to have children.
“There are two relatives of older children in the family who are not going well, one is autistic, the other is a test tube.” In order to avoid the unexpected “tragedy”, grab 35 years old this year to give birth to a child, become Chen Mang’s annual goal.
After doing sufficient homework, Chen mang discovers, on bearing this thing, age is a problem, but if pathologic reason, no matter whether enter big age, can face to be born the circumstance that does not come out.
It was a broader number that made her uneasy. Under the influence of factors such as late marriage and late childbearing, deteriorating environmental quality and changing fertility concept, the infertility rate of couples of childbearing age in China is increasing significantly.
According to the China Population Association and the National Health Commission, 20 years ago, the infertility rate among couples of childbearing age in China was only 2.5-3 percent. In recent years, the figure has climbed to about 12-15 percent. At present, there are about 50 million infertile people in China, which means that one in every six couples of pregnant age is being haunted by infertility.
Many women on the Internet have regarded the catchphrase “not to get married and have childlessness to ensure safety” as a mantra, but in the real context, fertility anxiety is really troubling another group of people. On the other side of the infertility epidemic is an almost instinctive fervor for reproduction, a huge contradiction that has spurred the assisted reproduction industry.
The potential market for assisted reproduction in China is $321.1 billion, according to a research report by Dongxing Securities. In this industrial chain of assisted reproduction, the upstream medical instruments, test reagents, biomedicine, the midstream assisted reproduction service, and the downstream assisted reproduction center and hospital constitute a complete closed loop.
In the secondary market, sentiment is also contributing to this huge blue ocean market. As of press time, Jinxin Reproduction, a leading company in assisted reproduction, has seen its share price rise from HK $8.74 to HK $15.42 since its listing in June 2019, with a market capitalization of HK $38.6 billion.
Taking off the cloak of statistics and big data, 12%-15% is no longer a cold number. What emerges is a series of concrete individuals and heavy families. Investors’ enthusiasm for assisted reproduction stocks is hardly music to the ears of those on the long road to childbearing.
Infertility, an unmentionable topic, has created a billion dollar market, but a simple business relationship does not explain everything about love, responsibility, sacrifice, tradition, repression…… Here, you can find almost all the metaphors about the Chinese family.