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 [...]

Do Oral Contraceptives Cause Depression?

An estimated 80% of sexually active young women in the United States use hormonal or oral contraceptives (OCs).  Clinically it is found that some women report depression or mood swings with oral contraceptives; however, many women seem to tolerate hormonal contraceptive without any effects on mood.  Despite the prevalence of OC usage, few studies have explored the association between hormonal contraceptive use and mood disturbance.

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What is the Link between PMS and Postpartum Depression?

Women with premenstrual symptoms (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder experience symptoms during the premenstrual phase of their cycles.   Because levels of estrogen and progesterone do not differ significantly between women with PMS and those without, it has long been hypothesized that PMS/PMDD represents an abnormal response to normal hormonal fluctuations (Schmidt et al, 1998).