Lingering technological entanglements : Experiences of childlessness after IVF

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Helosvuori , E 2020 , ' Lingering technological entanglements : Experiences of childlessness after IVF ' , European Journal of Women's Studies , vol. 27 , no. 3 , 1350506820903327 , pp. 267-281 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1350506820903327

Title: Lingering technological entanglements : Experiences of childlessness after IVF
Author: Helosvuori, Elina
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Sociology
Date: 2020-08-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: European Journal of Women's Studies
ISSN: 1350-5068
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1350506820903327
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/322543
Abstract: For over four decades, feminist studies of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have been interested in the ethical, political and personal implications of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other infertility treatments. Most work on the implications of ART for women has focused on the demanding cyclical process of trying to become pregnant by using the technology. However, less attention has been paid to the implications of experiencing IVF after the conception phase. This article tackles the under-researched topic of the aftermath of IVF, and discusses the temporality of affective embodied experiences of infertility after one has stopped IVF. Drawing on an ethnographic study of peer support groups for the involuntarily childless in Finland, and on in-depth interviews with women suffering from infertility, this article juxtaposes two groups of women who have had IVF: those who have had children as a result of the procedure, and those who have not. The article proposes an exploration of experiences of childlessness after IVF as 'lingering technological entanglements' - that is, as affective and embodied experiences of the effects of IVF, including after the cessation of treatment. It argues that the lingering of these entanglements manifests itself in the enactment of childlessness in relation to the available technology. Furthermore, this results in parents identifying themselves as childless, even after they have gained temporal distance from IVF practices.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
Affect
ART
childlessness
entanglement
ethnography
experience
infertility
IVF
reproduction
technology
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