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Understanding the Interplay Between Depression and Menopausal Symptoms

  It has previously been reported that women seeking treatment at menopause clinics are more likely to report significant physical symptoms (e.g., vasomotor complaints), as well as depressive symptoms and anxiety. On the other hand, most women in the community do not experience significant depression while transitioning into the menopause. Thus, it is important to […]

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Hormonal Contraceptives and Risk for Depression and Suicide

  Many women have concerns about the side effects of hormonal contraceptives, including oral contraceptives, depot preparations, and hormonal IUDs and vaginal rings.  Potential side effects include bloating, breast tenderness, and weight gain. In addition, some women may experience depression or mood swings, side effects that may be particularly concerning to women with histories of […]

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Are Mood and Anxiety Disorders More Common in Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder, affecting about 10% of reproductive aged women. It is also the most common cause of infertility in younger women; however, many women are unaware they have PCOS until they experience problems with fertility.  In our clinic, where we see women with mood and anxiety disorders, many […]

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Depression in Fathers Increases Risk for Adolescent Depression

According to a study published last year in the journal Pediatrics, adolescent depression is on the rise. In adolescents, the 12-month prevalence of major depression increased from 8.7% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2014.  Other studies have noted an increase in rates of suicide among adolescents, particularly girls; among girls aged 10-14, the suicide rate […]

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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 […]

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Improving Access to Mental Health Services: Could Lay Counselors Be Used to Treat Perinatal Depression?

About 15% of women suffer from perinatal depression — depression which emerges during pregnancy or the postpartum period; however, most women with perinatal depression do not receive any  type of treatment.  While we have made huge strides in increasing awareness of postpartum mental health issues, there are still significant obstacles to obtaining treatment.  Especially in […]

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Pregnancy Termination Does Not Affect Women’s Long-term Mental Health or Well-Being

The US Surgeon General made the recommendation in 1989 that a five-year longitudinal cohort study was necessary to provide data about the health effects of an elective termination on women. To rise to this challenge, the Turnaway Study was launched at the University of California, San Francisco Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. This prospective, […]

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Can Tofu Reduce Your Risk of Depression During Pregnancy?

Phytoestrogens are weak plant-derived estrogens that are structurally similar to estrogen hormones produced by the body.  The phytoestrogens contained in soy-based products are called isoflavones.  Because they have estrogenic activity, soy isoflavones have long been touted as a treatment for menopausal symptoms, although these clinical studies have yielded mixed results.   States of estrogen deficiency […]

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Depression Trajectories Across the Peripartum Period: Many Women Depressed During the First Postpartum Year

In the earliest studies, postpartum depression was described an episode of depression associated with childbirth, typically emerging within the first three months after delivery.  As more research has been carried out, we have learned that a sizeable number of  women with PPD actually begin to experience symptoms during pregnancy.  The bottom line is that women […]

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Breastfeeding Status Does Not  Affect Risk for Postpartum Depression

For decades, researchers have postulated a connection between breastfeeding and postpartum depression (PPD). Many have suggested that breastfeeding may protect against postpartum depression and have suggested that the cessation of breastfeeding may be a trigger for postpartum depression and/or anxiety. However, the research examining the association between postpartum depression and breastfeeding has been mixed and […]

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