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The Global Biopolitics of the IUD: How Science Constructs Contraceptive Users and Women's Bodies

Chikako Takeshita


The intrauterine device (IUD) is used by 150 million women around the world. It is the second most prevalent method of female fertility control in the global South and the third most prevalent in the global North. Over its five decades of use, the IUD has been viewed both as a means for women’s reproductive autonomy and as coercive tool of state-imposed population control, as a convenient form of birth control on a par with the pill and as a threat to women’s health. This book investigates the development, marketing, and use of the IUD since the 1960s. The book offers a biography of a multifac ... More

Keywords: intrauterine device, IUD, fertility control, reproductive autonomy, population control, birth control, women’s health, female sexuality, reproductive politics, contraceptive

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016582
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016582.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chikako Takeshita, author