The Growth of Biomedical Infertility Services in Vietnam: Access and Opportunities

Keywords:

ART, assisted reproductive technologies, barriers, infertility, IVF, surrogacy, Vietnam.

M.J. Pashigian

Department of Anthropology, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 USA.

Abstract

This article focuses on the rise of biomedical infertility services in Vietnam since the late 1990s. While the number of ART service sites has grown over the past fifteen years, the patient demand outpaces the supply, and the economic and supply barriers are insurmountable for many potential patients. The article focuses on legal, economic and supply factors that affect the experience of seeking medical care for infertility, as well as explores the sociocultural context that shapes values related to the pursuit of treatment.