Tokophobia: Symptoms & Treatment

Humans are intellectuals who can think and create something new. Things humans can do are enormous, all these capabilities of humans start with  a basic idea or may be called as belief, a belief that a problem can be solved, a solution can be obtained etc., These beliefs can be positive or negative. Negative beliefs create fear within us, which may called as “Phobia”. One of them is “Tokophobia”. So what is this? how to determine? what are its symptoms  and how to overcome this?


Around 6 – 7% of women are affected by tokophobia, however some research states that it may be 22%.

What is  TokoPhobia

Phobia refers to fear. Tokophobia / maieusiophobia / parturiphobia is the fear of  pregnancy and childbirth exists on a continuum. This one of the most common reason as women selects elective cesarean rather normal birth. 

There are primary & secondary tokophobia where in primary refers to women who never given birth previously. Secondary refers to women who underwent  previous traumatic birth experience.

Primary Tokophobia

Anxiety related to childbirth are common in women. Primary tokophobia may occur due to past experiences and influence from scenarios. It may start during adolescence. This may by influence from various media that 
portray birth as embarrassing or dangerous or from previous experiences of their closed one’s.This may also occur in women who has been  sexually abused. 

Secondary Tokophobia

This is the fear of childbirth due to  a traumatic obstetric event in a previous pregnancy. This occurs in women who have experienced childbirth. 75% of the tokophobia sufferers suffer from secondary tokophobia.

Social Tokophobia

This is medically recognized, but a concept by Brian Salmon, lactation consultant which involves all that pregnancy gossip that women engage in. 

Treatment

Most women can handle themselves with reassurance and proper support from caretakers. Since all the phobia are related to mental conditions, proper counselling is required. Another common treatment is anti-depressants, but  should consider in extreme situations and under doctor supervision.Cognitive-behavioral therapy is also used in some cases.

Yashaswi

An Engineering CSE grad with PG in marketing, hopping to learn and disseminate the information that i learn everyday regarding health care and advancements in it..

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