Reproductive Laws for Korea

  • givfadmin
  • June 19, 2013 5:49 pm


Only married couples can receive fertility treatments.  There is no law in Korea regarding how many embryos you can transfer.  Sex selection of any kind is banned. Any testing such as PGD must obtain prior authorization from the minister of health and welfare. Embryos may be stored for up to five years, following which they may be used for research aimed at developing contraception and infertility treatments, or research aimed at curing rare or incurable diseases, as decreed by the president. IVM is available at some clinics.

Egg/Sperm Donation

According to Korean law, it is illegal for women to sell their eggs. Payment for eggs can result in a prison sentence and fines up to $30,000US. Women can donate their eggs up to three times but only for research purposes. There are talks of compensation for donations to the government.  Anonymous sperm donations are permitted.


Surrogacy appears to be legal although some Japanese companies are now offering surrogates in Korea.

Disclaimer: Reproductive laws are a relatively new legal area and are in constant flux throughout the world. It is often hard to obtain current and accurate information, and we are always updating information on our site. Anyone pursuing reproductive assistance abroad should contact lawyers and clinics directly to confirm the current status in that country and any legal restrictions that might apply. GlobalIVF does not claim any accuracy for the information printed below and cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies. If you have additional or conflicting information please contact us and we will update our site.

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