PMS linked to perinatal depression in study

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A recent study conducted in Sweden has found a significant link between severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and perinatal depression in women. The study, which analyzed data from over 900,000 women, revealed that those with severe PMS or PMDD were five times more likely to suffer from perinatal depression. Additionally, women who experienced perinatal depression were twice as likely to develop PMS or PMDD.

The researchers emphasized the need for more awareness of this link in order to prevent women from suffering from perinatal depression. Professor Donghao Lu from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm highlighted the importance of informing patients with premenstrual disorders about the risk of perinatal depression and potential prevention strategies during preconception care.

The study, which compared women of similar ages, health, and psychiatric history, used birth records from 2001-2018 and found that nearly 3% of those with perinatal depression had premenstrual disorders before pregnancy, compared to 0.6% of others. PMS, affecting up to 30% of women, and PMDD, affecting 5-8% with more severe symptoms, can be treated with hormone drugs, anti-depressants, or talking therapies.

Dr. Paula Briggs, a reproductive-health consultant at Liverpool Women's Hospital, emphasized the importance of acknowledging the link between these conditions and the need for better support for women experiencing them. She hopes that the study will raise awareness, particularly among midwives and health visitors, to better support women and reduce the risk of suicide associated with these conditions.

Overall, the study suggests a strong association between premenstrual disorders and perinatal depression, highlighting the need for further research and awareness in order to better support women during and after pregnancy.


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