False pregnancy

Overview

False pregnancy (pseudocyesis) is a condition in which a woman falsely believes she is pregnant.

Symptoms

Signs such as an enlarged belly, breast changes, and menstrual irregularities may occur. Social or family pressure or an overwhelming desire to become pregnant may cause these physical changes.

Treatments

The main treatment is counseling.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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