Mass General Hospital

Harvard Medical School

Archive | Infertility and Mental Health

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Linked to Anxiety and Depression

  Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine-related dysfunction in women of reproductive age (1).  It is also the most common cause of infertility due to the absence of ovulation.  Many women are not diagnosed as having PCOS until they experience issues with infertility (2).  PCOS is considered to be a genetic disease […]

Continue Reading · 0

April 2016 Roundup: Recent Publications in Reproductive Psychiatry

This will be the last monthly roundup for now.  Because there are so many publications to cover, we will try moving to a weekly roundup.  This will allow us to better highlight the most important articles and will make the list more manageable. Thanks for reading! Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD   Pregnancy-associated homicide and suicide in 37 US states with enhanced pregnancy surveillance. Wallace ME, […]

Continue Reading · 0

February 2016 Roundup: Recent Publications in Reproductive Psychiatry

This roundup is a bit late — lots of publications on the list.  Stay tuned for the March Roundup.   Antenatal depression: Prevalence and risk factor patterns across the gestational period. Castro E Couto T, Cardoso MN, Brancaglion MY, Faria GC, Garcia FD, Nicolato R, Marques de Miranda D, Corrêa H. J Affect Disord. 2016 Mar 1;192:70-5.   Associations of Parental Depression With Child School Performance atAge 16 Years in Sweden. Shen H, Magnusson […]

Continue Reading · 0

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.   […]

Continue Reading · 1

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 […]

Continue Reading · 0

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 […]

Continue Reading · 0

November 2015 Roundup: Recent Publications in Reproductive Psychiatry

It has been another busy month! Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD Antidepressants, pregnancy, and stigma: how we are failing mothers and babies. Osborne LM, Payne J. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2015 Mar;203(3):164-6. Do anxiety symptoms predict major depressive disorder in midlife women? The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) Mental Health Study (MHS). Kravitz HM, Schott LL, Joffe H, […]

Continue Reading · 0

October 2015 Roundup: Recent Publications in Reproductive Psychiatry

When we started our website 15 years ago, a productive month in the field of reproductive psychiatry meant that a few good articles were published.  Times have certainly changed.   In fact, it is sometimes difficult to keep up with the increasing number of publications in this rapidly growing field.   It is clearly impossible to […]

Continue Reading · 3

Women with Recurrent Pregnancy Loss at Risk for Depression and Anxiety

In a recent cross-sectional study from Denmark, researchers compared the prevalence of stress and depressive symptoms among 301 women with recurrent pregnancy loss (or RPL) and 1813 women attempting to conceive naturally. RPL was defined as three or more pregnancy losses before 12 weeks’ gestation. The Major Depression Index (MDI) was used to assess symptoms […]

Continue Reading · 0