During Mental Health Awareness Month, we have published about the relationship between stress and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), the impact of estrogen and progesterone on the brain, and how charting the menstrual cycle serves as a tool for mental health. This week, Dr. Brenda Wafo reviews a 2009 research article by di Scalea and Wisner titled, “Pharmacotherapy of Postpartum Depression.”
Mental Health Awareness Month. Physical health is a key aspect of mental and emotional health for all people. It is important to consider the impact of physical activity on every aspect of a woman’s health throughout her lifespan, including the reproductive years and beyond. In this week’s post, Rajwinder Kaur summarized a 2016 article published by Harrison et al titled, “The Role of Physical Activity in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum Health.”
National Women’s Health Week. Each year, Mother’s Day marks the beginning of National Women’s Health Week, a time to focus on prevention as well as behaviors women can incorporate to enhance their health and well-being. Here, Kaitlyn McOsker summarized a 2018 article by Del Río et al explaining the significance of the natural fluctuations of estrogen and progesterone and their vital role in mood, cognition, memory, and overall mental health.
Mental Health Awareness Month. A standardized assessment of stress and common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) would elicit a clearer understanding of the correlation between them. This is one of the conclusions of a meta-analysis published by Lee and Im in 2016 in Health Care for Women International, titled, “Stress and Premenstrual Symptoms in Reproductive-Aged Women.” Anastasia Bjelopetrovich reviewed the research while on the fertility awareness elective taught by FACTS through Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her interesting summary opens this month’s series to raise awareness about the intersection between common gynecologic conditions, fertility, and mental health.
FACTS Infertility Awareness Series. Our series on infertility continues this week with review of a research study titled, “Depression among infertile women in Ogbomosoland,” published by Oladeji and OlaOlorun in 2017. The article was reviewed by fourth-year medical student, Jeong Lee, while on the FACTS elective.
FACTS Infertility Awareness Series. Our month long series on infertility continues by examining the impact of stress on infertility. While participating in the FACTS online elective, Michal Dusza summarized a research article published in 2018 in Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience by Rooney and Domar titled, “The relationship between stress and infertility.” Dusza’s synopsis of their research focuses on the article’s review of psychiatric disorders associated with infertility treatment involving assisted reproductive technology (ART), and whether the symptoms impact the outcome of treatment.