When pregnancy is not achieved

A clinical case is presented to illustrate the true desires and motives that often underlie the demand for assisted reproductive technologies. A careful listening to women’s accounts of their own experiences will help both to better help patients and to highlight the emotional content that often hides the underlying symptom. The developments in assisted reproduction techniques have meant a breakthrough in the treatment of infertility and reproduction. Nonetheless, as professionals we must be aware of the multiple risks and complications associated with these techniques, which may end up hurting the woman’s body.

The clinical case I analyze here is one of the many cases that gynecologists often see in the consulting room. Only with a deep and respectful listening of the unconscious mind, we may enhance our ability to understand what is happening and which desires sustains the patient’s symptoms.

Keywords:
desire, unconscious, pregnancy, mothers, assisted reproduction.

Mónica Puga
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