The causes of tokophobia are unknown. There is no known cause for it. Some say that it’s due to stress or anxiety, but there is no evidence supporting such theories. Others believe that it’s due to some sort of genetic predisposition. However, there is no conclusive proof either way.
Tekophobia is a very common phobia. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), it affects 1 out of every 5 Americans at one time or another. It’s especially common during or after the teenage years and early twenties when people are most concerned with their social life and appearance.
However, it can affect people at any age and at varying levels of intensity. If you think you suffer from Tekophobia, take a moment to ask yourself the following questions:
Am I afraid of having genetic defects or inheriting diseases?
Do I think that something is “wrong” with my body or that I am “damaged” in some way?
Am I repulsed by the sight of needles, belly buttons, scalpel, or other things associated with doctors or hospitals?
Do I think that I might be pregnant (despite using protection) or that I have a sexually transmitted disease?
Do I have a fear of becoming a parent or of putting a child up for adoption?
Do I feel the need to constantly check and recheck whether I am actually pregnant?
In addition to the questions above, it is also helpful to ask yourself why you might be feeling that way. Write down as many reasons as you can think of and discuss them with your family or a therapist if you feel uncomfortable addressing such concerns on your own. Fears are almost never “crazy” so don’t be afraid to admit if you’re experiencing one. There is almost certainly someone else out there who feels the same way.
Other Causes of Tekophobia
Most phobias are developed when a person’s subconscious gathers information and concludes that something must be harmful to your body or mind, despite the fact that this isn’t necessarily true. Tekophobia is no different and many people experience it after being subjected to one or more of the following:
Natural disasters – Such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes can cause immense fear in people and this can often be irrational leading to the development of phobias.
Death or injury of a loved one – A person may feel guilty that they lived while someone close to them died. Alternatively, they may have had their own body harmed in the process such as a broken bone.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Tokophobia: When fear of childbirth prevails (A Scollato, R Lampasona – Mediterranean Journal of Clinical …, 2013 – cab.unime.it)
- Tokophobia: When fear of childbirth prevails (S Alessandra, L Roberta – Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2013 – core.ac.uk)
- Tokophobia: Fear of pregnancy and childbirth (R Bakshi, A Mehta, A Mehta… – The Internet Journal of …, 2008 – pdfs.semanticscholar.org)
- … review of the impact of planned interventions offered to pregnant women who have requested a caesarean section as a result of tokophobia (fear of childbirth) (J Weaver, J Browne, A Aras-Payne… – JBI Database of …, 2013 – journals.lww.com)