Women with depression are less likely (up to 38%) to become pregnant researchers at the University of Boston found. Interestingly the use of antidepressants does not harm fertility.
The study included more than 2,100 females between 21-45 years. Depression and use of psychotropic medication was assessed by questionnaires. These findings were associated with the probability of conception in a given menstrual cycle. The study was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The probability of conception was decreased by 38% if a woman is suffering from severe depressive symptoms. 10.3% of the participants were using psychotropic drugs which didn’t had a negative impact.
Why and how depression is influencing the conception is still not clear and needs further investigation. Most probably the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis will play an important role.
Treatment of Depression