Am I Pregnant or Is It A Placebo Effect

Published: October 25, 2022
Dear TeenHealth FX,
Am i pregnant or is it just placebo effect?
Signed: Am I Pregnant

Dear Am I Pregnant,

We at TeenHealth FX would like to first start out by saying that we can’t diagnose or treat.

Since you ask the question – Can I be pregnant? There are a couple things you’d need to look into:
When was your last period? Did you miss one?
Did you take an at home pregnancy test?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, we strongly recommend reaching out to a doctor to know for sure. They will be able to determine if you are or aren’t pregnant and next steps to take.

Mayo clinic explains, if you have not taken a pregnancy test, we suggest you start there. If you notice you are having symptoms such as nausea/vomiting, swollen/painful to touch breasts, or feeling extra tired, this may be a sign you are pregnant.

The second part of your question mentions the placebo effect. WebMD defines placebo as “A placebo is anything that seems to be a "real" medical treatment -- but isn't. It could be a pill, a shot, or some other type of "fake" treatment. What all placebos have in common is that they do not contain an active substance meant to affect health.” Based on the information provided, we cannot confirm this in fact a placebo effect and recommend to you be seen by a doctor.

If you need help finding a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist.

Signed: TeenHealth FX