International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine
Research and Clinical Center for Infertility, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences of Yazd
Vol. 15, No. 9, 2017, pp. 535-542
Bioline Code: rm17064
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine, Vol. 15, No. 9, 2017, pp. 535-542
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Biopsychosocial view to pseudocyesis: A narrative review|
Azizi, Marzieh & Elyasi, Forouzan
Background: Pseudocyesis is a psychopathological clinical syndrome in which a
non-pregnant woman firmly believes herself to be pregnant and manifests many
symptoms and signs of pregnancy. Although the exact etiology of pseudocyesis has
not been determined.
Objective: This study was conducted with the aim of assessing the biopsychosocial
view to pseudocyesis.
Materials and Methods: A comprehensive search in electronic databases such as
Google Scholar, PubMed, ScienceDirect, Web of Science, and Scopus was
conducted between 1943-2016 to retrieve pseudocyesis related articles. For this
purpose, 1149 articles were collected and 66 items were used.
Results: Findings were classified into 2 main categories: a) pseudocyesis etiology,
which could include (biological psychological factors and psychiatric disorders, and
social factors); and b) pseudocyesis management.
Conclusion: Pseudocyesis results from a multidimensional group of factors, and a
holistic and comprehensive approach should be taken to its treatment. Cooperation
between gynecologists and psychiatrists would likely be useful in addressing the
Pseudocyesis; Neuroendocrinology; Psychiatric disorders; Biopsychosocial; Socio-cultural.
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