• Infertility and Mental Health

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    The Impact of Infertility Treatment on Mood: Some Women are More Vulnerable

    While many women complain of psychological distress during infertility treatment, it has been somewhat unclear if the anxiety and depression women may experience is related to having to undergo infertility treatment or to the hormonal agents that are used as part of the treatment, or a combination of the two.   While we know that changing levels of gonadal hormones, like estrogen, may affect mood and anxiety levels, we have very little information on the psychological effects of the hormone-modulating drugs used in assisted reproductive technology (ART).

    Remote Enrollment Initiated in MGH Study Assessing Mood Symptoms Across Infertility Treatment

    We are pleased to announce the recent launch of an exciting new research initiative that is being conducted by the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health.  The Symptom Tracking in Assisted Reproductive Technologies study (START study) will focus on understanding the risk factors for depressive relapse in women undergoing infertility treatments.  There has been a growing request in our clinical work to address the needs of women undergoing infertility treatments.  It is our hope that such a study will provide important information on the course and risk of depression in women undergoing fertility treatment and thus inform clinical care.

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