The Intrauterine Device (IUD) in Sweden: Reproductive technology in action, ca. 1963-1970

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Centrum för genusvetenskap
  • Lecturer: Morag Ramsey, researcher at the Department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University
  • Organiser: Centre for Gender Research
  • Contact person: Sanja Nivesjö
  • Seminarium

This seminar examines the early uses of modern IUDs in Sweden.

About the seminar: In my research, I trace how the reproductive technology went from being a banned device, likened to an abortifacient, to being an increasingly popular contraceptive in the mid-1960s. How did IUDs shift from abortive to contraceptive? And what were the impacts of this transition? This presentation examines how IUDs disrupted medical practices, reproductive discourses, and personal family planning efforts. I argue that IUD use impacted how historical and modern understandings of reproduction have been constructed in Sweden.


About the presenter: Morag Ramsey is a researcher at the department of history of science and ideas, at Uppsala University. Her current project "Between life and death: intrauterine device (IUD) use in Sweden, ca. 1960-1975," is financially supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. Her PhD dissertation focused on the development of Swedish abortion pills. Generally, Morag is interested in reproductive technologies, colonial experiences, infertility, environmental history, the history of medicine, and Science and Technology Studies.


Last modified: 2021-07-05