False Pregnancy

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(also pseudopregnancy, pseudocyesis), in women, a state marked by the simulation of pregnancy (cessation of menses, enlargement of the breasts, nausea, apparent fetal movement). A psychosomatic condition, it demonstrates the influence of the mind on various organs. Most false pregnancies are observed in women who are infertile. The condition is diagnosed by obstetrical examination and negative biological test results.

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