China may have to abolish its one child policy after more than 30 years in view of the rising infertility rate in the country.
According to a 2011 survey, Chinese adults have sex 122 times a year, higher than the global average of 103, while 64.5% of those surveyed say were satisfied with their sex lives.
Though these figures are above average, the infertility rate has also gone up. One in every 10 couples is unable to conceive and over 10 million couples need assisted reproductive technology, which has a 40% success rate.
To tackle the problem, Wuhan's Songziniao Hospital has set up a sex ward—referred to as "The Second Wedding Chamber" by medical staff—to help infertile couples conceive.
The dimly-lit room, decorated in red, purple and pink, is fully furnished with erotica, porn, sex toys, role playing costumes, a round electric bed and sofa. Designed to encourage pregnancy by inspiring sexual passion, there are also experts to provide guidance to couples.
The 50 square metre ward—about half a badminton court—is rented out at 580 yuan (RM280) per session.
"Getting pregnant is not as easy as you've seen on TV. Many people don't know it's a technical job," said hospital president Wang Shengdong. "The life span of an egg is just 12 hours while a sperm only lives up to five days."
Couples are monitored for three months to check on their health and fertility chances before the hospital identifies the right time for them to conceive and send them to the sex ward.