Postpartum depression – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Iím Joe Balintfy. New research indicates that estradiol, a form of estrogen, could be used to treat women who experience depression after childbirth.
Schmidt: Because of our earlier work it suggested that declining levels of estrogen during the postpartum around delivery might contribute to triggering the onset of depression.
Narrator: Dr. Peter Schmidt is with the National Institute of Mental Health.
Schmidt: And there had been some preliminary open trials showing that estradiol may have an effective antidepressant action in some of these women.
Narrator: The possibility of successful hormone treatment for postpartum depression has been very encouraging for many women. For more information on this research, visit www.nimh.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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