More Young Koreans Freeze Sperm to Have Kids Later

  • By Park Sang-hyun

    August 04, 2018 06:52

    More young Koreans are putting off marriage but freezing sperm or eggs in case they change their minds later in life. The trend is spreading from women in their 30s to both men and women in their 20s.

    One 28-year-old office worker who gave his surname as Sohn went to a sperm bank south of Seoul in June to have his sperm frozen. The cost was W450,000 plus another W300,000 a year to keep the samples on ice (US$1=W1,129). Sohn has saved up around W10 million over the last three years and plans to get married in another three.

    A researcher takes a sperm sample from a freezer at a hospital in Seoul.

    In the past, only people with serious illnesses used to freeze their sperm, but now the practice is more common among healthy young men.

    According to the CHA Fertility Center in Seoul, the proportion of healthy men their 20s and 30s who froze their sperm rose from 56 percent in 2016 to 65 percent last year.

    The number of women who froze their eggs rose about 10-fold from just 25 in 2013 to 288 last year.

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