Perspectives on Oncofertility from Demography and Economics
The science of demography focuses on the drivers of population dynamics: fertility, mortality, and migration. Demography is inherently interdisciplinary and draws on theory from a range of social sciences, including sociology, economics, and anthropology. The demographers’ approach to fertility research at a given time is grounded in the contemporaneous fertility trends and fertility-related technology at the societal and individual levels. The science of contraception is well-documented, and the science of infertility is scant. Nevertheless, the sociological, economic, and anthropological concepts on which demographers have drawn to explain fertility patterns and contraceptive behavior can be usefully applied to infertility. Here, I begin to lay out how demographic theory and concepts from economics can shed light on questions of interest to researchers in the emerging field of oncofertility, the preservation of biological fertility in cancer patients.
KeywordsTime Perspective Fertility Preservation Fertility Control Uncertainty Reduction Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation
This research was supported by the oncofertility consortium NIH 8UL1DE019587, 5RL1HD058296.
- 3.Dye JL. Fertility of American Women: 2006. 2008. Available at: http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/p20-558.pdf. Accessed October 1, 2009.
- 5.Grotevant HD. Connecting biology, personal identity, and law: an international view of adoption as a case study. Final Report from Project Funded by University of Minnesota Consortium of Law and Values in Health, Environment, and the Life Sciences, Minneapolis. 2005.Google Scholar
- 6.Cancer Genetics Risk Assessment and Counseling (PDQ®). National Cancer Institute. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/genetics/risk-assessment-and-counseling/HealthProfessional/page7. Accessed October 15, 2009.
- 8.Giddens A. Modernity and self-identity: self and society in the late modern age. Stanford: Stanford University Press; 1991.Google Scholar
- 10.Blake J. Are babies consumer durables? A critique of the economic theory of reproductive motivation. Popul Stud. 1968; 22:5–25.Google Scholar
- 11.Becker GS. Treatise on the family. Cambridge: Harvard University Press; 1981.Google Scholar
- 16.Folbre N. Children as public goods. Am Econ Rev. 1994; 84:86–90.Google Scholar
- 19.West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, 2 edn. The Gale Group. 2008. http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/State+Interest. Accessed September 1, 2009.