Depression lowers women’s chances of pregnancy, a new study finds.

‘Women with moderate to severe depressive symptoms have a decreased chance of becoming pregnant, a study by researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine shows.’

Lead author Yael Nillni, PhD says that …Our findings suggest that moderate to severe depressive symptoms, regardless of current psychotropic medication treatment, may delay conception.

Researchers also found interesting correlations between the current use of benzodiazepines — sedatives used to treat anxiety and other disorders — apparently decreasing fertility while …women who were formerly treated with a class of antidepressants known as SSRIs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) had improved chances of conception, regardless of the severity of their symptoms.

This could conclude that fertility can be influenced by the way someone feels as well as the type of medications used to treat mood disorders.

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