Depression can affect your prospect of getting pregnant

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Severe depression can affect your chances of conceiving says a recent study. The investigation revealed a wrenching 38% decline in the probability of pregnancy among women who had signs and symptoms of depression in contrast to those who had no prominent depressive symptoms.

Regardless of the use of psychotropic medications, researchers found the same result.

Although previous studies that establish connections between anti-psychotic and mood infertility and antidepressants, stabilizers, seemed the recent use of psychotropic medications affect the chances of conception among women depressed as verified by Yael Nillni lead author, assistant professor at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health in the US ..

Nillni, explaining the findings of the study, said that the conception in women with depression it is a challenge regardless of antidepressant treatments.

Researchers are unable to understand why depression may delay pregnancy, but do mention certain mechanisms.

Depression is connected to the dysfunction of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which affects the menstrual cycle and the potential to conceive.

Researchers have a line called PRESTO study (study online pregnancy) where they collected data from 2,100 women between the ages of 21 to 45 years who were planning to become pregnant. Participants were asked to provide information about their depressive symptoms, antidepressant use and many other concerns.

The aim of the study was to determine the factors that influence fertility and its findings appeared in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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