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dc.contributor.authorvan de Wiel, Lucy
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-07T00:30:36Z
dc.date.available2022-01-07T00:30:36Z
dc.date.issued2021-12
dc.identifier.issn2405-6618
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/332247
dc.description.abstractIn the last decade, the IVF sector has witnessed a shift from so-called reactive IVF to a new model of proactive fertility care. Whereas IVF was traditionally developed to treat people who found they were unable to conceive, the indication for IVF has broadened significantly to include a much wider group of potential patients through a new focus on proactive treatment of future (in)fertilities. This shift combines a number of new trends pertaining to preservation, prediction, private equity and platformisation, all of which have gained influence in contemporary assisted reproduction. This article focuses on the emergence of company-sponsored fertility benefits, which combines each of these trends. Whereas fertility benefits—especially egg freezing insurance—have primarily been discussed in terms of women’s empowerment or disenfranchisement, this article instead calls attention to the discursive, clinical and infrastructural shifts in contemporary assisted reproduction that have emerged with the rising popularity of these benefits. The analysis addresses these underdiscussed aspects of fertility benefits by focusing on the dynamics of demand, the shifts in the rationalisation of intensified treatment pathways in the face of new reimbursement practices, and the online, platform-based infrastructures that are built to provide these treatments. In doing so, it analyses how this remaking of fertility towards an ethos of proactive fertility management reflects broader capitalist tailwinds.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe research on which this article was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant number 209829/Z/17/Z], University of Cambridge, King’s College London and the Alan Turing Institute. I thank the two anonymous peer reviewers and the members of the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) at the University of Cambridge for their valuable feedback.
dc.publisherElsevier BV
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dc.titleDisrupting the biological clock: Fertility benefits, egg freezing and proactive fertility management
dc.typeArticle
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Sociology
dc.date.updated2022-01-05T13:42:07Z
prism.publicationDate2021
prism.publicationNameReproductive Biomedicine & Society Online
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.79692
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-11-11
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1016/j.rbms.2021.11.004
rioxxterms.versionAM
dc.identifier.eissn2405-6618
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
pubs.funder-project-idWellcome Trust (209829/Z/17/Z)
cam.orpheus.success2022-01-06 - Embargo set during processing via Fast-track
cam.depositDate2022-01-05
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rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2021-12-31


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