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Test Tube FamiliesWhy the Fertility Market Needs Legal Regulation$
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Naomi R. Cahn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814716823

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814716823.001.0001

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The Treatment Plan for Creating Babies

The Treatment Plan for Creating Babies

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Test Tube Families

Naomi R. Cahn

NYU Press

This chapter examines the contemporary usage of reproductive technologies by focusing on the meaning of infertility in today's culture and its impact on individuals seeking fertility treatment. Drawing on sociological and psychological insights, it considers the treatment plan for creating babies as well as the paradoxical discourse of control within infertility treatment. It discusses a variety of treatment options available to infertile women, from the fertility drug Clomid to donor eggs. It also discusses various issues relating to fertility/infertility, particularly those that have to do with socioeconomic status, along with the tendency to place the causes of infertility on women, cultural anxiety about maternity, and biological clock versus fertility clock.

Keywords:   reproductive technologies, infertility, fertility, infertility treatment, infertile women, donor eggs, socioeconomic status, maternity, biological clock, fertility clock

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