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False Pregnancy – Causes and Symptoms

A false pregnancy is the psychophysical state of a woman, in which she really feels herself to be a future mother, both physically and psychologically. At this time a woman can stop the menstrual cycle, grow the belly and especially sensitive “pregnant women” even feel the movement of the fetus in the womb. Strangely enough, but this is all an illusion, and this will be confirmed by any gynecologist at the first admission to a pseudo-pregnant woman. How else is false pregnancy manifested in women and what are the reasons for its development?

False pregnancy in women: truth or fiction?

Physicians are still puzzling over the phenomenon of false pregnancy in women and its subtleties, so this phenomenon has not yet been fully explored. False pregnancy in women happens extremely rarely but is characterized by quite complex mental abnormalities. In the syndrome of false pregnancy, a woman manifests all the signs that are experienced by future mothers.

This is the absence of the menstrual cycle, and hormonal failure, and nausea, and toxicosis, and abdominal growth, but in fact, there is no pregnancy at all.

To date, modern equipment allows you to quickly recognize a false pregnancy, in contrast to the old times, when women were hospitalized. The risk of manifestation of false pregnancy is most often exposed to young women who did not give birth until age 35. But this does not exclude those cases when a false pregnancy manifests itself in women in adulthood and repeatedly giving birth.

Symptoms of false pregnancy

False pregnancy is called so because the symptoms of a real pregnancy and its analogue are very, very similar. Therefore, to confuse the symptoms of an inexperienced woman will be very difficult, though before the first visit to a gynecologist, who will quickly dispel all illusions about this. The most typical symptoms of false pregnancy in women are:

  • slight discharge during the menstrual cycle or its complete absence (and the menstrual cycle itself will not recover until the doctors interfere);
  • Women often have mammary glands, morning sickness and even vomiting;
  • With false pregnancy, as well as with the real one, the weight of the woman begins to increase, the stomach grows and a typical bending of the spine appears, called lordosis;
  • In rare cases, a woman under false pregnancy feels the movements of the fetus;
  • The woman often changes her mood, she starts to be capricious and quickly gets tired. It is worth noting the fact that in a false pregnancy, a woman does not deceive anyone, because she really thinks herself pregnant.

Her false pregnancy can even confirm a pregnancy test. Despite the fact that a false pregnancy is more a mental disorder, do not forget about the physical component. It is necessary, together with the gynecologist, to study each particular case, to identify the cause of the phenomenon of imaginary pregnancy and jointly start treatment. But in this case, the difficulty lies in the fact that a woman in this state is very difficult to disbelieve that she does not have any pregnancy. Here we need a consultation with a psychotherapist.

Causes of false pregnancy

The main risk group for false pregnancy is suspected and susceptible women who have experienced severe mental and emotional upheavals. Also, such women can have a very sensual attitude to the very idea of pregnancy, they either think emotionally in a positive way about the possible bearing of a child, or, conversely, this idea causes a storm of indignation.

Such emotional leaps are affected by women at the age of 35 who for a long time can not conceive a child and for this there are several reasons for a false pregnancy:

  • a woman crazily wants a child, but all her attempts turn into nothing;
  • The reasons for a false pregnancy in a woman can be covered in past miscarriages or the death of an already born child;
  • A woman wants to become pregnant in order to save a relationship with her husband;
  • In her environment a girlfriend could become pregnant or several at once, which emotionally greatly shocked her;
  • The reasons for a false pregnancy in a woman may be in the approaching menopause, to which she wants to become at all costs a mother;
  • Rarely, but there is such a thing as a terrible reluctance to have children, a fear of bearing a child and subsequent troubles with it;

Among the causes of false pregnancy, there can be exceptionally physical abnormalities. So, the diseases of the endocrine system or the development of a tumor in the ovaries can be mistaken for a false pregnancy. False pregnancy is also found in animals, in women this phenomenon is observed quite rarely, but regularly. If you notice that some of your friends or relatives have symptoms of a false pregnancy, contact her first with a gynecologist, and then with a psychotherapist.

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