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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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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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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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Measuring the Psychological Impact of Stillbirth and Neonatal Death

  Perinatal loss is a traumatic event for women and their families.  While we clearly understand the potential for perinatal loss to cause significant emotional consequences, we have little data on the prevalence of depressive illness and posttraumatic stress disorder in this population of women. A recent study contacted a total of 1400 women with […]

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