The procreation half century after the applications of techniques of assisted reproduction

The work describes psychological aspects of the demand for procreation in an Assisted Reproduction Unit in the framework of public assistance. It highlights the importance of the articulation of mourning due to the loss of biological fertility with the parental functions and the confrontation of the communication of the biological origins in the case of donation of genetic material.

The study offers partial results of follow-up studies carried out on families for 25 years after having had children through the use of assisted reproduction techniques with semen insemination from donor banks. The study examines the history of the couples and their experience of satisfaction during the upbringing, in relation to the confrontation of the mourning due to the loss of fertility and the way of communicating the biological origins to the children.

Finally, we reflect on the changes observed in the demand for care, half a century after the start of applications of reproduction techniques.

Núria Camps i Bellonch
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