Depression is the leading cause of disability for people between 15-44 years of age. Twice as many women experience depression versus men. Depression affects 8% to 16% of reproductive age women in the United States. Infertility is a major risk factor for depression. Antidepressants may reduce the probability of a women with a history of depression […]
Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression touch the soul of many. Women who demonstrate are not immune; and in fact, may be more exposed to its effects. It is reported that approximately 10% of women undergoing fertility treatments suffer from depression and 15% report anxiety. These feelings of anxiety and/or depression are not clearly associated with negative fertility […]
Antidepressants and Pregnancy
Women affected by depression and pregnant often find themselves pulled between concern for risks for the pregnancy vs their mental welfare. Antidepressants and pregnancy deliver a double-edge sword. Women medicated with SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) (such as Celexa, Lexapro and Prozac) may be more likely to have children who have higher risks of neonatal […]
Can Antidepressants Cause Miscarriage?
Antidepressants, Depression and Miscarriage Selective Serotonin Receptor Inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most common medications prescribed to treat depression. SSRIs including Prozac, Celexa, Paxil and Lexapro work by blocking the uptake of Serotonin in the brain causing a sense of well being or mood enhancement. The potential risks of taking these medications during pregnancy are largely […]
Depression occurs across the child bearing years and is compounded in those who are having difficulty achieving a successful pregnancy. For women suffering depression, pregnancy does not confer protection against depression or other psychiatric disorders. Many women taking antidepressants who stop them while attempting pregnancy or during pregnancy are at high risk for relapse. Safety […]