If Mama Ain't Happy, Daddy Ain't Happy Either - Page 2
Treating PPD in women is tricky because many women are choosing to breastfeed their babies. Currently, for breastfeeding mothers, psychotherapy is the first line therapy. Antidepressants and estrogen has been used in non-breastfeeding women. A veritably unknown therapy, that is very promising and is available to women, no matter what their lactational status is bioidentical progesterone.
There has been very little published about the use of progesterone in the treatment of PPD, but it is a highly effective at alleviating symptoms. Doctors trained in Naprotechnology, a cutting edge women’s health system, use bioidentical progesterone injections as first line therapy. Ninety five percent of women report significant relief of symptoms, and many patients express that relief occurred within minutes to hours of their first injection. Other advantages are that it is safe to use with breastfeeding and it does not have the negative side effect list of antidepressants.
More research needs to be done in the area of postpartum parental depression. Adequate treatment of women using bioidentical progesterone therapy at the first sign of symptoms could go a long way in the decrease in both mother and father baby blues. For men, checking their hormone levels and the estrogen/testosterone ratio struggling with depression after the birth of a baby would be an interesting study to try and identify the underlying causes of paternal PPD. It is plausible that hormonal imbalance could be the trigger in both sexes and deserves a scientific look. Informed patients and increased awareness of both symptoms and treatment options available are essential to decreasing the burden of this disease.