Tokophobia - The Fear Of Getting Pregnant Or Giving Birth

Date January 18, 2018 13:33

Having a baby is one of the most wonderful and intense experiences that the body can go through. So it's understandable that many women are scared of it. But for those who suffer from tokophobia, the anxiety can reach extremes.

Tokophobia is the pathological fear of pregnancy and childbirth. It is so intense that it can affect a woman's decision to have children. It is estimated that one in ten women without children have avoided pregnancy due to this profound fear.

Causes can range from having heard about negative experiences, witnessing powerful childbirth or pregnancy experiences, as well as personal experiences involving miscarriages, etc. The pain and uncertainty during childbirth can also trigger tokophobia.

Primary tokophobia

In this type, the woman fears childbirth before getting pregnant. The origin has no clear justification and is more based on fears caused by myths, experiences of close friends and family, external images, and even some kind of abuse.

Secondary tokophobia

This can occur in cases of women who have already become mothers or have been pregnant, but have suffered a miscarriage or interruption to their pregnancy, or have even given birth to a stillborn child due to a medical complication.

It can also cause the woman to suffer from postpartum depression or experience trauma during childbirth.

Midwives, obstetricians, and perinatal mental health experts can help to calm fears and advise women to choose the best way for their child to be born. So, it's always recommended to seek out specialist advice.

Source: Independent, News Medical.

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