Reproductive Complications May Increase Depression Risk

By Staff Writer

Women who show symptoms of depression after experiencing a miscarriage may benefit from seeking immediate treatment from a drug rehab and mental health facility, as the condition is not likely to go away on its own, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center found that symptoms of depression can last for several years after suffering from a miscarriage or delivering a stillborn baby.

For the study, the researchers surveyed more than 13,000 women about their pregnancy experiences and studied them for signs of depression for a period of nearly three years. They found that 13 percent of women who had unsuccessful pregnancies still showed signs of depression by the end of the study period.

Furthermore, giving birth to a healthy child after experiencing a miscarriage did not affect women’s chances of suffering from depression. A total of 19 percent of participants who successfully delivered a child after two miscarriages still suffered from depression for several years.

The researchers said that doctors and family members should be alert to these problems and seek treatment for women who have experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth when appropriate.