A man became convinced that he was pregnant with a child after he had gay sex. The 52-year-old was hospitalised by a psychiatrist after his insistence that he had been impregnated.
The unnamed man, from India, is an unemployed father of two children.
He told physicians that he was suffering stomach pains and believe he could feel the baby moving inside, reports the Times of India . He holds a post-graduate degree, said he was in need of more rest and cut down on physical labour.
He admitted to doctors that his belief followed a homosexual encounter. Dr PN Suresh Kumar says this is the first case of its kind he has seen. "He was an active homosexual in his adolescent years which may contributed to his beliefs. But, his homosexuality did not affect his marriage.
"Usually, we see couvade syndrome [otherwise known as sympathetic pregnancy] in some dads-to-be who show certain symptoms of pregnancy (like nausea, weight gain or sleep problems) when their partners get pregnant."
Dr Kumar says that there didn't seem to be any gender identity disorders and test results came back normal, despite the delusion which the patient's doctor said started six months ago.
"The patient went for counselling and took risperidone. This delusion was cured due to the medical intervention. After a series of counselling sessions, he stopped indulging in homosexual activities.
"Now, the patient is recovering and we are measuring his progress during periodic check-ups."