Dealing with infertility within the context of an ecology of the body
Declining birth rates over the last decades have brought Europe into the midst of a demographic crisis. So far, infertility has been treated as a public health issue with social implications. The EU-funded EndoReproTox project will reframe the study of infertility by considering reproductive health as an environmental issue. Aiming at having a positive impact on health policy, public awareness and anthropological theory, EndoReproTox will approach health as an ‘embodied ecology’ instead of a product of individual choices and behaviours. The project will attempt to trace the links between exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), infertility and endometriosis and will focus on understandings of causality in people’s decisions about fertility and childbearing.