Postpartum depression – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Every year, millions of women experience depression after giving birth. Investigators at the National Institute of Mental Health are studying a promising new treatment for this postpartum depression. Dr. Peter Schmidt explains.
Schmidt: So, we have a study now in which we’re using estradiol, physiological levels, so comparable to what a woman would be exposed to during her normal cycle, and we give that in a controlled trial to women who have current postpartum depression.
Narrator: Estradiol, a form of estrogen, appears to have a rapid antidepressant effect on women with postpartum depression. For the latest information on this and other depression 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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