A Double Hope? On A Few Representational and Fantasmatic Issues in Uterus Transplants

Regular Section “Epistemology”
By Diane Garnault

Based on multidisciplinary work with a French team involved in uterus transplantation research and experience in a hysterectomy clinic, the author proposes to explore some of the unconscious issues of this emerging technique. The testimony of the uterus transplantation candidates shows an over-investment of the pregnancy as evidence and substantiation of womanhood. This leads them to accept an unusual path to become, potentially, a mother: carrying their baby-to-be in a temporary womb.


  • uterus transplantation
  • hysterectomy
  • desire for pregnancy
  • representations of female reproductive body
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