Problem

False pregnancy

Other Names:
Imaginary pregnancy
Nature:

False pregnancy is the appearance of clinical or subclinical signs and symptoms associated with pregnancy when the woman is not actually pregnant. False pregnancy may sometimes be purely psychological. It is generally believed that false pregnancy is caused by changes in the endocrine system of the body, leading to the secretion of hormones that cause physical changes similar to those during pregnancy. Some men experience the same illnesses as a woman would experience while pregnant when their partner is pregnant (see Couvade syndrome), possibly caused by pheromones that increase estrogen, prolactin, and cortisol levels.

Broader Problems:
Pregnancy disorders
Values:
Fallacy
Problem Type:
J: Problems Under Consideration
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET