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The Global Biopolitics of the IUDHow Science Constructs Contraceptive Users and Women's Bodies$
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Chikako Takeshita

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016582

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016582.001.0001

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From the “Masses” to the “Moms”: Governing Contraceptive Risks

From the “Masses” to the “Moms”: Governing Contraceptive Risks

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The Global Biopolitics of the IUD

Chikako Takeshita

The MIT Press

This chapter describes how researchers negotiated the safety of the intrauterine device (IUD). It explores the initial introduction of the modern IUD to American women and why health risks were neglected. It argues that the reproductive choice of women in the global North and the control over fertility in the global South became interlaced in the process of negotiating the acceptability of the IUD as a contraceptive method for women throughout the world. This chapter shows that the copper-bearing IUD was initially conceived as an improved and more scientific device for limiting the fertility of the global South. It suggests that the safety of the modern IUD has greatly improved since its first introduction.

Keywords:   intrauterine device, American women, health risks, global North, global South, contraceptive method, fertility

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