The Magical Hows, If Not the Whys, of IVF

“My wife has purchased a half-dozen pairs of lucky socks that she wears to the clinic. They have monkeys, ninjas, and moustaches on them. The doctor likes them. My wife gets into the stirrups. The doctor puts things into my wife’s vagina — they are always putting things into my wife’s vagina — and the doctor says, ‘I like your monkeys.’ I watch, leaning on the cabinet that contains gauze and syringes.”
 — The Age of Mechanical Reproduction.