Depression can affect your prospect of getting pregnant

Depression can affect your prospect of getting pregnant


Severe depression can affect your chances of conceiving, recent study claims. The research revealed a harrowing 38% decrease in the probability of getting pregnant among women who exhibited conspicuous signs and symptoms of depression in contrast to those who had no depressive symptoms.

Regardless of the use of psychotropic medications, the researchers found the same result.

In spite of previous studies establishing connections between infertility and anti-depressants, anti-psychotic and mood stabilizers, the recent use of psychotropic medications did not seem to affect the chances of conception among depressed women as verified by the main author Yael Nillni, an assistant professor at Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine in the US.

Nillni, explaining the findings of the study, said that conception in depressed women is challenging regardless of anti-depressant treatments.

The researchers are unable to understand as to why depression would delay pregnancy but they do mention certain mechanisms.

Depression is connected to the dysfunction of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which affects the menstrual cycle and the potential to conceive.

The researchers arranged an online study called PRESTO (Pregnancy study online) where they collected data from 2,100 women between the ages of 21 to 45 who were planning to get pregnant. The participants were asked to provide information about their depressive symptoms, use of anti-depressants and many other concerns.

The aim of the study was to determine factors that influence fertility and its findings appeared in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.