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.
Depression should be considered as a possible cause for delayed conception. Depression is a very common and treatable condition.
“Our findings suggest that moderate to severe depressive symptoms, regardless of current psychotropic medication treatment, may delay conception.” The authors of the study said.
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.
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