Pseudocyesis: What Exactly Is A False Pregnancy?

Pseudocyesis: What Exactly Is A False Pregnancy?

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Pseudocyesis or false pregnancy is also known by many as phantom pregnancy. The woman feels that they are pregnant seeing the false symptoms like gain in weight, morning sickness, growing belly, and backache. These are the common signs that you see when you are pregnant, just that here the woman is not pregnant.

Women tend to know that they are pregnant even when they do not take a test. This is because of her intuition. In phantom pregnancy, the woman’s body tells her that she is pregnant even though she is not.

Couvade is the medical term that is when a man feels that his partner is having to deal with the pregnancy symptoms even though she is not actually pregnant.

Causes of Pseudocyesis?

Pseudocyesis is a rare thing in men and women and doctors are still trying to find out the reason for the same. Some think that the condition is physical and many feel that this is caused because of psychological reasons.

Pseudocyesis is also believed to be caused because of a trauma which could be either a mental or physical trauma. It could also be caused because of some physical imbalance. This could be because of the loss of a child, miscarriage or infertility.

Other causes could be ovarian tumors and some imbalance in the brain that makes the body think that the woman is pregnant.

The major cause of Pseudocyesis, however, is that the woman so much wants to be pregnant that she tries to convince herself mentally that she is carrying a baby when she actually is not. Infertility and menopause could be reasons why she is not getting pregnant and this could make her believe that she is pregnant when she is not.

Many women who are nearing their menopause tend to have Pseudocyesis. Women who develop Pseudocyesis start to think that they have morning sickness and feel that their urination frequency is increasing. She may also feel that she has swollen breasts and a swollen belly.

What are the signs of a false pregnancy

The women who suffer from Pseudocyesis believe that they are pregnant because they see some symptoms of pregnancy. The symptoms are the same as atypical pregnancy. This could include missing the periods, weight gain, increase in the frequency of urination, change in the color of the hair and the skin, morning sickness, etc.

The woman feels very uncomfortable and if you think that you have Pseudocyesis then the only way to confirm that you are not pregnant is to do a physical examination.


Since the symptoms of Pseudocyesis are very similar to normal pregnancy, it is important for the doctor to ensure that the pregnancy is not a real one but a fake one. The tests that are done to confirm a real pregnancy is done to confirm a Pseudocyesis.

The pelvic examination is done to see if there is any conception. This is followed by a urinalysis. This will usually give a negative result until women are suffering from rare cancer. The woman will also go through an ultrasound that is used to find out if the pregnancy is true or not. This is the only test that will confirm if the woman is or is not pregnant.

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