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'Banking time': egg freezing and the negotiation of future fertility.
Cult Health Sex. 2015; 17(4):470-82.CH

Abstract

This paper examines the relatively recent practice of non-medical egg freezing, in which women bank their eggs for later use in conceiving a child. Non-medical egg freezing has only been available for about the last five years, as new vitrification techniques have made the success rates for actual conception more reliable than the earlier method of slow freezing. I draw on interviews with both clinicians and women who have banked their eggs to consider how this novel practice articulates with broader issues about the relationship between sexuality, reproduction and the political economy of household formation. Non-medical egg-freezing provides a technical solution to a number of different problems women face with regard to the elongation of the life course, the extension of education, the cost of household establishment and the iterative nature of relationship formation, thematised by the ubiquity of internet dating among the interviewees. I focus on the ways women used egg freezing to manage and reconcile different forms of time.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Faculty of Arts, Sociology and Social Policy , University of Sydney , Sydney , Australia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25247927

Citation

Waldby, Catherine. "'Banking Time': Egg Freezing and the Negotiation of Future Fertility." Culture, Health & Sexuality, vol. 17, no. 4, 2015, pp. 470-82.
Waldby C. 'Banking time': egg freezing and the negotiation of future fertility. Cult Health Sex. 2015;17(4):470-82.
Waldby, C. (2015). 'Banking time': egg freezing and the negotiation of future fertility. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 17(4), 470-82. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2014.951881
Waldby C. 'Banking Time': Egg Freezing and the Negotiation of Future Fertility. Cult Health Sex. 2015;17(4):470-82. PubMed PMID: 25247927.
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