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Fertility is a Feminist Issue

Ruth Deech and Anna Smajdor

in From IVF to Immortality

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219780
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191713002 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219780.003.0005
Fertility is a Feminist Issue

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This chapter explores the effects of fertility treatments on women. The assumption that reproductive technologies are beneficial to women is analysed, and the idea that women and men's interests in reproduction are equivalent is considered in the light of case studies involving disputes over frozen embryos. The authors address the possibility of egg-freezing and the impact this might have on women's reproductive choices. They consider the ways in which older mothers are treated differently in the media from older fathers, and explore the reasons for this. They then address the risks that women may incur through undergoing fertility treatment, including ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome. The possibility of future developments such as artificial gametes and artificial wombs is also discussed. It is suggested that social pressures continue to play a significant role in forming women's reproductive desires.

Keywords: feminism; fertility; ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome; artificial gametes

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Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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