Infertility and Intimacy in an Online Community

  • Paulina Billett
  • Anne-Maree Sawyer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Paulina Billett
    Pages 1-28
  3. Paulina Billett
    Pages 63-83
  4. Paulina Billett, Anne-Maree Sawyer
    Pages 167-184
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 185-215

About this book


This book explores an online support group for women who are infertile. Offering a close-up view of the women’s identities and emotions as they navigate the “roller-coaster” world of infertility, a range of questions are addressed: How do the women seek support? How do they offer support to one another? How are intimacies produced in the online space? Through narrative analysis of online journals and posts, the authors examine the impact of infertility on women’s perceptions of their bodies, their struggles with medical professionals, on their relationships with family and friends, and the challenges that a diagnosis of infertility presents to couples.

Infertility and Intimacy in an Online Community will appeal to social scientists, students from a range of health science disciplines, counsellors and health professionals, and women and men who are dealing with infertility.  


parents reproductive technologies personal life sociology family internet forums support networks

Authors and affiliations

  • Paulina Billett
    • 1
  • Anne-Maree Sawyer
    • 2
  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-44980-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-44981-8
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