A man became convinced that he was pregnant with a child after he had gay sex.

A 52-year-old father-of-two has been hospitalised by a psychiatrist after his insistence that he had been impregnated by another man.

The unnamed patient – from Kozhikode in India – visited doctors after his family became increasingly worried by his behaviour.

For six months prior, the man complained of bizarre movements in his stomach – which led to his theory he was pregnant.

He also refused to believe that men cannot become impregnate other men.

As a result, he demanded bed rest and avoided any labour-intensive work for several months.

His worried brother finally decided to seek medical assistance when his sibling began rejecting food – blaming nausea, or morning sickness.

Upon arriving at hospital, the man told physicians that he was suffering stomach pains, claiming he could “feel the baby moving inside him”, reports the Times of India.

Dr PN Suresh Kumar – head of a team of doctors at KMCT Educational Institution – says the baffling case is the first of its kind he has encountered.

“He was an active homosexual in his adolescent years which may contributed to his beliefs. But, his homosexuality did not affect his marriage,” Dr Kumar said,

“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 added that there didn’t seem to be any gender identity disorders and test results came back normal – despite the man’s delusions.

“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,” the doctor said.

“Now, the patient is recovering and we are measuring his progress during periodic check-ups.”

Earlier this month, it was announced that India’s Supreme Court will once again consider whether to decriminalise gay sex.

There has been a long-running dispute in the country over the colonial-era sodomy law Section 377, which bans sex “against the order of nature”.

The law was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2009, only to be restored in 2013, re-criminalising gay sex and dealing a blow to LGBT rights activists.