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What are the most common symptoms of false pregnancy?

What are the most common symptoms of false pregnancy?

Psychological: In most patients with psudocyesis, the official name of false pregnancy, the symptoms are created psychologically. Breast tenderness, nausea, fatigue and sometimes fetal movement are used. This generally is conscious looking for secondary gain from family members or unconscious in a true psychiatric condition. It is not a common disorder. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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What sort of disorder is a false pregnancy?

What sort of disorder is a false pregnancy?

Phantom HCG: Besides the psychological disorder where women feel pregnant but they are not, there is also an interesting phenomenon where women test positive for pregnancy by blood, but are actually not pregnant. This is due to antibodies that give false positive blood tests. In these women urine pregnancy tests should remain negative. ...Read more

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What are the tests for false pregnancy?

What are the tests for false pregnancy?

Beta hcg: If the pregnancy test, beta hcg, is negative and the woman is having signs of pregnancy then this is a false pregnancy. ...Read more

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What medicines can give you a false pregnancy?

What medicines can give you a false pregnancy?

Controversial: Pregnancy tests measure the level of HCG in urine or blood. So a woman using HCG to trigger ovulation may as do women using HCG for weight loss. Controversial are meds such as those used to treat epilepsy, parkinson's, some diuretics and some tranquilizers. If positive, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause a "false pregnancy"?

What could cause a "false pregnancy"?

Many things: False pregnancy may be psychological. The other " false pregnancy" may be a positive pregnancy test when patient is not pregnant. For this condition one has to see a physician. ...Read more

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What is false pregnancy from?

Psychological desire: A "false pregnancy" occurs in individuals who psychologically desire the same but in fact are not. The "ruse" is often carried on for some time to "engender empathy" from family, friends, or sex partners. When discovered to be not pregnant, a false "miscarriage occurs". The intent is sometimes marriage in the mild cases and worse in psychiatric patients. ...Read more

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What disease or medicines can give you appearance of a false pregnancy?

Probably none: Pseudocyesis (false preg) is not understood. It is obvious that the body is imitating the presence of a non existent fetus, so it illustrates how much thebrain plays in the symptoms associated with pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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False Pregnancy (Definition)

False pregnancy is the belief that one is carrying a child when one is not pregnant. However, the symptoms of pregnancy are usually present. Very rarely, men may have ...Read more