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Medical Management of Trans Parents in France

Laurence Hérault

This article investigates how trans people are received in assisted reproductive technology centres (ART) in France and, more broadly, how procreation among trans people is currently regarded and managed by French medicine. It will analyze how sperm and egg banks serve couples formed by trans people, before exploring more in depth how the issue of pre-transition gamete preservation is considered. It will endeavour to understand in particular how, in various medical contexts, transgender parents’ attempts to conceive are specifically viewed as problematic even though they differ in no way from ordinary ART methods. In other words, what are the procedures and methods that make it a problem?