According to Society for Women’s Health Research: Women are more vulnerable to depression and mood disorders during times of hormonal transition, such as pregnancy, postpartum and perimenopause.
One of our favorite PPD experts, Zachary Stowe, M.D., joined the panel of esteemed participants.
“The panelists noted that while it is natural for women to experience changes in their feelings and mood during life cycle transitions, hormonal fluctuations in some women may trigger mild to severe mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, particularly during pregnancy, postpartum and perimenopause. The report notes that postpartum depression affects 10-15 percent of women any time from a month to a year after childbirth and its cause remains unknown.”
Areas for further exploration:
— Pregnancy: Research is needed to better distinguish symptoms of depression from normal responses to the stressful experiences of pregnancy.
— Postpartum: Registries of collected reproductive safety information on antidepressant, antipsychotic and anticonvulsant medications must be created.
Another interesting note:
“…The Society unveiled at the briefing a new national survey of physicians and consumers about their views regarding depression across hormonal transitions. The survey found that women underestimate depression risk at hormonal transitions throughout life. Additionally, women and doctors have widely divergent opinions on whether women can safely take medications for depression during pregnancy and in the postpartum period.”
The Society for Women’s Health: “is the nation’s only non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of all women through research, education and advocacy. The Society encourages the study of sex differences between women and men that affect the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.”
I was unaware of this organization and it’s quite impressive. They have a very interesting website, visit it for more information.