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By Marcia C. Inhorn
Published: 22 July 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7535-7
... Global infertility African infertility IVF absences Catastrophic expenditure Low-cost IVF (LCIVF) ...
Published: 22 July 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375357-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7535-7
... The global metrics of infertility point to a cruel paradox: Namely, the highest rates of infertility occur in parts of the world with the lowest access to IVF. This is especially true in sub-Saharan Africa, which is a continent relatively devoid of IVF clinics, despite high levels of unmet need...
Published: 22 July 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375357-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7535-7
.... Cosmopolitan clinics such as Conceive are a new feature of twenty-first-century globalization. But so are the deleterious consequences of twenty-first-century cosmopolitan lifestyles, including male infertility due to smoking, female infertility due to professional women’s postponement of motherhood...
Published: 22 July 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375357-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7535-7
... In this chapter, Rahnia returns to Conceive, where she finishes her reproductive journey with a happier ending. Such IVF journeys bespeak the aspirations for parenthood and child desires that are driving global reprotravel in a world where 95 percent of adults want children. Today, infertile...
Published: 22 July 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375357-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7535-7
..., so the contraction “reprotravel” is adopted throughout this book. This chapter examines the extent of global reprotravel, particularly to countries such as India and Thailand, which are developing their medical tourism infrastructures. The Middle East, too, hosts several “reprohubs” in major cities...
Published: 05 August 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374039-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7403-9
... attends to healing social relations to cure the body. The therapeutic logic of three dire maladies—infertility, hydropsy, snakebite—is explored to illustrate disease’s social origins and cure. The author ends with a call to global health officials to take seriously local categories of medicine...
Published: 22 July 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375357-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7535-7
... Although laws and costs are often emphasized as the main drivers of global reprotravel, infertile couples’ desires for high-quality IVF services are an underappreciated aspect of these global movements. Conceive is famous for its high-quality, patient-centered care. This is due to the clinical...
Published: 22 July 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7535-7
... with a sibling, Rahnia begins a global search to find a trustworthy IVF clinic. Her journey leads her to Dubai, which she perceives to be the Middle East’s most cosmopolitan city. There, Rahnia is lucky to find Conceive. Yet, in Conceive, Rahnia almost dies, due to a dangerous reproductive tract infection...
Book Chapter

By Marcia C. Inhorn
Published: 22 July 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7535-7
... Ethnography Cosmopolitanism Medical cosmopolitanism Male infertility Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) ...
Book Chapter

By Marcia C. Inhorn
Published: 22 July 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7535-7
... Tubal infertility Refugeeism Social suffering British National Health Service (NHS) East Africa ...
Published: 22 July 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375357-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7535-7
... Many infertile couples travel to avoid their countries’ assisted reproduction laws, which may prohibit particular services such as third-party sperm and egg donation. Europe has the highest number of such laws, and hence the highest number of law evaders. Some of these European “outlaws...
Published: 05 August 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7403-9
... of disease attends to healing social relations to cure the body. The therapeutic logic of three dire maladies—infertility, hydropsy, snakebite—is explored to illustrate disease’s social origins and cure. The author ends with a call to global health officials to take seriously local categories of medicine...