Inconceivable Conceptions: Psychological Aspects of Infertility and Reproductive Technology

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intrapsychic, interpersonal, psychosexual and occupational. Given this ongoing reappraisal, psychotherapy or counselling are not luxuries but a vital necessity in providing a safe place and time-out to put into words the emotional impact of infertility and treatment on each partner's sense of generative identity and creative capacities. In a fraught love relationship therapy offers space to explore, at a time of high technological hype, the vicissitudes of the unusual journey of transition from being sexual partners to becoming, or not becoming a parental couple.


Notes
1
While this formulation has been intercepted as two prescribed sets of heterosexual couplings (Butler 1990) it can also be conceptualised as a multiplicity of choices originating in the oedipal child's identification with any aspect of each parent in the fantasied intercourse. Freud's reference to four 'individuals' rather than part-objects, suggests the child's elaboration of the primal scene parents as separate subjective individuals by contrast to a more primitive pre-oedipal combined parent figure (Klein 1946). This conceptual development assumes meaningful sexual interaction thereby differentiating and integrating previously inchoate, violent or everlastingly joined aspects of the parents (Ogden 1989). However, the latter possibly continues to operate as an alternating phantasy system in the mind, to include the 'dark side of sexuality' (Aron 1995:214).
2
The fear of being 'infected' by the woman's 'feminine weakness' is a variation on the theme, one Freud described as a generalised sexual dread of women (Freud 1918:198).

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements x
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction 3
  • Chapter 2 - Assisted Reproductive Technology and the Fertility Clinic 11
  • Experiencing Infertility 17
  • Chapter 3 - Clinical Waste 19
  • Chapter 4 - One Man's Story 27
  • Psychological Aspects 31
  • Chapter 5 - Eros and Art 33
  • Notes 45
  • Chapter 6 - Mourning the Never Born and the Loss of the Angel 47
  • Chapter 7 - The Battle with Mortality and the Urge to Procreate 60
  • Bibliography 72
  • Chapter 8 - Myths and Reality in Male Infertility 73
  • Bibliography 84
  • Chapter 9 - Love, Hate and the Generative Couple 86
  • Changing Patterns of Kinship 103
  • Chapter 10 - The Story of Seth's Egg 105
  • Chapter 11 - Seth 109
  • Chapter 12 - Gifts of Life in Absentia 120
  • Chapter 13 - Women's Work 143
  • Bibliography 165
  • Chapter 14 - Egg Donation 166
  • The Shadow 179
  • Chapter 15 - Dark Reflections 181
  • Afterword 205
  • Chapter 16 - Afterword 207
  • Appendix 217
  • Glossary of Terms Used in Art (Assisted Reproductive Technology) 219
  • Index 227
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