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Guest Post: Dr. Anna Glezer on the Emotional Side Effects of Infertility Medications

This week we are pleased to have a guest post from Dr. Anna Glezer.  She is a perinatal psychiatrist practicing at the University of California San Francisco and the founder of Mind Body Pregnancy, a new online resource uniquely focusing on all topics related to the emotional health of women during their reproductive years.   […]

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In Brief: Menopausal Symptoms More Severe in Sedentary Women

According to a recent study article published online in Menopause, having a sedentary lifestyle significantly affects the severity of perimenopausal symptoms.  This study included more than 6000 women aged 40 to 59 years who received care at urban health clinics across 11 Latin American countries. Women who exercised fewer than three times per week reported more severe menopause symptoms than […]

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CDC Calls for Increased Research into the Safety of Antidepressants During Pregnancy

Something is happening.  The issue of perinatal depression is spending a lot of time in the media spotlight these days.  But rather than focusing on the risks of medications used during pregnancy (the usual headline grabber), these reports highlight the high prevalence of mood and anxiety disorders in pregnancy and postpartum women and the need […]

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January 2016 Roundup: Recent Publications in Reproductive Psychiatry

Screening for Depression in Adults: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Siu AL; US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), Bibbins-Domingo K, et al. JAMA. 2016 Jan 26;315(4):380-7. Is third trimester serotonin reuptake inhibitor use associated with postpartum hemorrhage? Kim DR, et al. J Psychiatr Res. 2015. Show full citation PTSD SYMPTOMS ACROSS PREGNANCY AND EARLY POSTPARTUM AMONG WOMEN […]

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In Brief: A Diet Rich in Soy May Improve Fertility

A new study suggests that a soy-rich diet may improve fertility in women undergoing infertility treatment.  How?  Researchers hypothesize that soy products may help to offset the the harmful effects of bisphenol A or BPA. Just to review, bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical found in many types of food storage containers, including polycarbonate plastic […]

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Panel Recommends Depression Screening For Pregnant And Postpartum Women

Yesterday the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a final recommendation statement on Screening for Depression in Adults. The Task Force recommends that clinicians screen ALL ADULTS for depression and notes that the evidence indicates that screening in the primary care setting is beneficial. Echoing the recommendations made by the American College of Obstetricians […]

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Depression and Anxiety More Common in Adolescents with Dysmenorrhea

  Many endocrinological, physical, and psychological changes occur in the adolescent years. Dysmenorrhea,or painful menses, is a relatively common complaint among adolescent girls.   A recent study in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology explored the relationship between mood disorders and dysmenorrhea in adolescence.   Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is the occurrence of negative physical, psychological […]

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Conceiving Through IVF Does Not Increase Risk for PPD

Infertility and its treatment are enormously stressful. Previous studies have shown that women undergoing infertility treatment are more vulnerable to clinically significant anxiety and depressive symptoms. But what happens when the desired outcome is achieved?  Are women who conceive after infertility treatment still at risk for depression? To answer this question, researchers assessed risk for […]

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Earlier Age at Menopause Increases Risk of Depression

Estrogens have neuroprotective and antidepressant effects.  During the perimenopause, when estrogen levels fluctuate and then fall significantly, women are more vulnerable to depression and cognitive deficits.  A recent study has investigated the association between age at menopause and risk for depression in postmenopausal women with naturally occurring menopause. In this meta-analysis, data was obtained from […]

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Postpartum Hemorrhage in Women Taking Antidepressants During Pregnancy

Serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) antidepressants may affect platelet aggregation and thus may increase the risk of bleeding.  Several studies have sought to determine if exposure to SSRI antidepressants in late pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of postpartum hemorrhage. The most recent study comes from Australia and analyzes risk for postpartum hemorrhage in a […]

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