False pregnancy in women

False pregnancy - symptoms, diagnosis, treatment

The nature of false pregnancy has not been sufficiently studied to date. Doctors believe that this is a mental illness. However, it has a completely physiological manifestation, and this physician can not yet explain.

Signs of a false pregnancy

Pseudobregnancy begins almost the same as the real one. The woman has some hormonal changes in the body, the chest is enlarged, colostrum appears, the periods may stop or mild spotting may be observed. Her nausea, changing eating habits, she becomes irritable, quickly gets tired. The abdomen with false pregnancy can also start to grow because of the increase in gases. The weight also increases. And the most hypocritical even claim that they feel the movements of the fetus.

It should be noted that psevdoberemennaya woman does not pretend pregnancy, but really feels and experiences it.

A pseudopregnant woman can observe any of these symptoms. And in rare cases, such a false conception can also be confirmed by a pregnancy test. However, already during the first examination, the gynecologist will dispel all the illusions of the woman. If necessary, will appoint additional studies, in particular ultrasound.

Causes of pseudopregnancy

A false pregnancy is also called hypochondriac or hysterical, because it develops in very susceptible hypochondriacs against strong emotional experiences or mental shocks. These women experience strong positive or negative emotions at the thought of bearing a child. Usually, this condition is experienced by women after 35 years old, who very much want to become pregnant, but all is unsuccessful. In each individual case, there may be some special reasons:

  • a woman hopes to maintain a marital relationship in pregnancy;
  • a woman dreams of a child, but does not really get pregnant;
  • a woman has already died a child or had a miscarriage in the past;
  • a woman's sister or close friend became pregnant, which affected her emotionally;
  • the woman is approaching the menopause, but does not yet have children;

Also, pseudotemicity can develop due to panic fear of conception and childbirth or a strong reluctance to have children. But sometimes it occurs against the background of real physical diseases, such as endocrine system disorders or tumor formations in the pelvic region.

Such a false pregnancy is mostly common in animals, but until recently it was not so rare in humans. Today, false pregnancy is fixed less and less, but cases do happen.

Treatment of false pregnancy

Despite the fact that pseudobregnancy is a disease, it rarely lasts long (up to 3-4 months) and rarely requires treatment. Usually for the return of a woman to a normal state, enough sympathetic medical explanation and support and understanding of close people - gradually all the symptoms of false pregnancy disappear on their own.

But in some cases imaginary pregnant women do not perceive reality and refuse to believe in the diagnosis. If a woman persists, is firmly on her own or behaves inadequately, she receives psychiatric help. Sometimes it is necessary to address also to the endocrinologist.

It is noteworthy that after the first case of false pregnancy a woman almost never develops such a condition again.

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