Infertility is rising in Hong Kong, and the city lacks medical staff in the field

Dr Milton Leong says that Hong Kong lacks a uniform training system for embryologists. Photo: Felix Wong

There's a lot of mystery and guesswork surrounding infertility, but one thing is for certain: Hong Kong needs more scientists and training in this medical field. One in six couples in the territory is infertile, compared to one in 10 two decades ago.

Monday, 1 July, 2013, 11:27am

Remembering Robert Edwards, the pioneer of IVF

Professor Robert Edwards. Photo: Reuters

The sentiment that "the most important thing in life is having a child" is universal. This Sunday, the first family day after his death, we will attribute it to someone on record as having said it - scientist Robert Edwards, father of five. His Nobel Prize-winning research led to millions of families sharing the joy of parenthood otherwise denied to them by infertility or difficulty in conceiving naturally.

14 Apr 2013 - 2:15am

Herbalhelp for the inconceivable

Infertility seems to be a problem in Hong Kong, with one in six couples unable to conceive naturally, according to the Hong Kong Society of Reproductive Medicine. Many turn to Western, Chinese, or a combination of both medical schools to find a solution, and recent studies indicate traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) may have one.

21 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hope for couples battling infertility

A discovery by Hong Kong scientists may open up approaches to treating infertility and creating a new form of contraception.

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong have pinpointed a molecule that helps to bind the egg and sperm during fertilisation.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Law to control fertility clinics finally on way

Bill on reproductive practices expected to be enforced by July

The city's fertility clinics may finally be regulated from July, seven years after a law was passed banning commercial surrogacy, sex selection and human cloning.

20 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Bad air could mean no heir

High seafood consumption has also been linked to infertility, according to researchers from Hong Kong.

In 2002, the Chinese University of Hong Kong reported on a study involving 150 infertile couples undergoing IVF, and 26 fertile couples.

10 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

IVF fears eased with eastern philosophy

Women seeking in vitro fertilisation should be offered locally developed eastern-style counselling to reduce their anxiety - and possibly increase their chances of a successful pregnancy, academics said yesterday.

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

New fertility treatment delivers the goods

Biotechnology gives fresh hope to couples trying to conceive

Hong Kong's first baby has been born using a new biotechnology treatment that improves the chances of conception for couples with low fertility.

20 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Choosing baby's sex taboo, says poll

A BABY'S sex should not be determined by parental whim and a few thousand dollars, according to responses to a government consultation exercise.

The Provisional Council on Reproductive Technology has received 35 submissions from medical, social welfare and religious groups, over the draft bill governing the burgeoning fertility industry.

22 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Moral questions . . .

FEW modern developments have given rise to more emotional and moral dilemmas than advances in reproductive technology. They hold out the promise of much good for couples who have difficulty starting a family but they also raise the risk of evil if abused, or used unwisely.

15 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Enormous potential

YOUR leader of October 26 calls for international constraints on human embryo research.

28 Oct 1993 - 12:00am