By I. van der Ploeg

Among the tremendous literature on modern reproductive applied sciences, Prosthetic Bodies stands proud in its potent blend of insights, equipment, and theories from the heritage of medication, constructivist technological know-how and know-how experiences, and feminist concept. The double specialise in IVF and similar options, and fetal therapy and surgical procedure, allows the id of arguable developments inside of contemporary reproductive drugs: the interpretation of ever extra scientific difficulties primarily unrelated to women's personal reproductive wellbeing and fitness - and, in terms of fetal analysis and remedy, occasionally previously even unrelated to replica as such - into clinical symptoms for invasive, usually hugely experimental interventions in women's our bodies. The analyses exhibit how, throughout the operations and workings of reproductive applied sciences themselves, in addition to various discursive mechanisms inside of clinical language, ultra-modern recasting of men's fertility difficulties and kid's congenital anomalies as women's reproductive difficulties involves look inevitable. The booklet demanding situations the power of conventional varieties of clinical ethics and legislations to thoroughly determine this incremental method.
The cautious analyses and arguments in Prosthetic Bodies could be suitable to scholars of technology and know-how, gender stories, philosophy, clinical ethics, and legislation, and others attracted to the cultural, moral, and political ramifications of up to date reproductive technologies.

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These techniques are used with men who do not ejaculate or who do not have any spermcells in their ejaculate. While advocated and applied by many practitioners, others have raised doubts concerning the genetic effects of such practices. There are, for example, specific indications that cystic fybrosis and some hereditary forms of infertility are reproduced through the use of such sperm. 77 The answer to such dangers is generally sought in another "technical fix" in the form of genetic screening, pre-implantation diagnosis and (invasive) prenatal diagnosis 78 (besides, of course, intense scientific research and experimentation made possible by te extensive worldwide clinical application of ICSI).

The newer, highly technical procedures have also been disappointing in terms of prediciting pregnancy and in addition are of limited applicability from a practical point of view. At present, no systematic quality control methods have been PRELIMINARY MOVEMENTS 29 developed for the various tests. "69 A survey of departments of obstetrics and gynaecology in Western Europe yielded the conclusion that despite the equal distribution of infertility between males and females, "both general and specific examinations were applied more frequently in the female than in the male partner".

Of the 44,000 initiated cycles (ovarian stimulation protocols started) only 38,000 actually resulted in egg retrievals, accounting for a drop out of 14% in this first phase already. Obviously, the actual attempt at achieving a fertilization in vitro can be done only in cases where eggs have been obtained. The reason for cancellation of an already started hormone therapy may be that the person in question does not respond enough to the medication, but it may also be that she is overresponding: treatment is cancelled of those women who, in reaction to medication, become at high risk for severe ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).

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