Couvade syndrome: more than a toothache

Tess Chase, Adam Fusick, Jaimey M. Pauli

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Background: Couvade Syndrome is best characterized as a somatic symptom disorder where the partner experiences somatic symptoms during their partner’s pregnancy most often during the first and third trimesters. Several psychoanalytical theories have been proposed for this disorder. There are well studied mood changes that correspond to hormonal shifts that occur in response to anticipated parenthood which serve as a physiologic mechanism for this pathology. Case: The following is a case of Couvade syndrome in the setting of a high risk pregnancy complicated by pre-eclampsia with severe features necessitating a preterm delivery. Conclusion: Expectant fathers should be screened for symptoms of Couvade Syndrome throughout the pregnancy in order to better support the familial unit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
StateAccepted/In press - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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