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In the presence of pregnancy symptoms, it is always recommended to take a test. As a rule, a nervous pregnancy will result in a negative test: the probability of a false positive is really small in this kind of situation. We take stock.
Nervous pregnancy: how to explain it?
- Nervous pregnancy is when a woman is persuaded to be pregnant when she is not pregnant. This phenomenon is usually linked to a deep desire to be a mother or, on the contrary, to a more or less conscious fear of getting pregnant.
- Under the effect of this fear or envy, various physical manifestations may appear, similar to the classic signs of pregnancy: delay or total cessation of menstruation, painful and tense breasts, weight gain, fatigue, nausea ...
- Note that there are also other possible causes for these symptoms (hormonal disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome ...), which may suggest a pregnancy at first. To remove doubt, it is always recommended to have a pregnancy test. A medical consultation may also be necessary depending on the results of the test and / or the persistence of the symptoms.
Nervous pregnancy: pregnancy tests are most often reliable
- Pregnancy tests (sold in pharmacy) and blood tests (done in the laboratory) look for the presence of the chorionic gonadotrophic hormone (hCG), produced only in pregnant women. Concretely, this hormone begins to be synthesized after implantation of the egg in the uterine wall. But during a nerve pregnancy, there is neither implantation nor production of hCG, so that the pregnancy test is normally negative ...
- Nowadays, pregnancy tests have become very reliable even if there are still cases of false negatives (classically, the test was performed too early, when the amount of hCG was still too low to be detected).
- There are also cases of false positives, but they are much rarer and you really need special circumstances to "cheat" the test. These false positives mainly concern urine tests. For example, the test may incorrectly indicate a pregnancy when it is performed shortly after miscarriage. Taking certain medications (such as infertility treatment), the presence of an ovarian cyst and kidney or gall bladder may also explain false positives. However, the probability of accumulating a "false positive physical reason" with a true psychological pregnancy is really very low ...
- Whether or not you think you have a nervous pregnancy, the best thing you can do for a positive urine test is to confirm the result with a blood test, even more reliable than the urine test. If the blood test is also positive, make an appointment with your gynecologist: an ultrasound will definitely control the presence or absence of an embryo in the uterus.