A Feminist Science Perspective on the IUD

Shana Mattson, Guest Contributor

In The Global Biopolitics of the IUD science and technology professor Chikako Takeshita recounts the history of intrauterine devices (IUDs) and its impact on women throughout the world. She takes a critical look at the research on contraceptives and the politics surrounding women having control of their own bodies. Takeshita tells a compelling story of how women’s bodies became the subject of so much controversy and makes a strong case for being better informed about reproductive technologies.

Since Takeshita began investigating the IUD, she has had two insertions of the device. She uses her experience to inform her perspective, but is careful not to make assumptions about what others may choose as the best contraceptive method for themselves. In this way, The Global Biopolitics of the IUD is written from a feminist science perspective.

Although the IUD had an unfortunate start, it is now a popular and effective form of contraception. Instead of making politically-motivated arguments in her book, Takeshita raises several interesting questions and give answers that are based on a variety of public health perspectives.

Out of respect for the diversity of sexual and reproductive health needs, Takeshita provides the reader with a solid and broad-based understanding of the IUD. She also encourages them to make the best choices for their health. The Global Biopolitics of the IUD gives a unique history and perspective that will help sexual and reproductive health advocates in the U.S. and internationally advocate for the right to safe and effective contraception.



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