Primary Tokophobia is found in women who have not had children. It is a fear of being pregnant, even though the woman may want to have a family of her own. If the woman becomes pregnant, she may either request an elective caesarean instead of having a natural birth or decide to terminate the pregnancy.
Primary Tokophobia can commence in adolesence or in early adulthood. Women develop this fear from hearing negative birth experiences of labour. This can be from their mother or close female relatives, or hearing stories from the media or television.