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It is no longer a strange thing that certain fears come up over different situations in life that are way above the norms that come with these situations. For example, fear of failure, fear of childbirth, fear of aging, and so on.

See an Overview of Tokophobia – Fear of Childbirth below.

Tokophobia is the extreme fear of childbirth. This is not common anxiety or reluctance at the thought of having a baby, which is generally normal. Like a crippling fear of heights or spiders, tokophobia is what is known as a specific phobia, meaning that it is severe enough to interfere with the quality of life. 

In some cases, tokophobia can also cause fear of pregnancy or cause sufferers to avoid becoming pregnant (even if they would like to have children).  

Types of Tokophobia

There are two different types of tokophobia: primary and secondary. 

Primary Tokophobia: Occurs in people who have never given birth before but have tokophobia. 

Secondary Tokophobia: Occurs when fear arises from a previous childbirth experience. 

Additionally, some people may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a difficult birth. This may be related to tokophobia but it is not quite the same.  

Tokophobia May Stem from other Fears, including: 

  • Algophobia: Fear of pain. 
  • Haphephobia: Fear of being touched. 
  • Iatrophobia: Fear of doctors.
  • Nosocomephobia: Fear of hospitals.
  • Obesophobia: Fear of gaining weight.
  • Pedophobia: Fear of children.
  • Thanatophobia: Fear of dying.
  • Trypanophobia: Fear of needles. 

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