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What is reproductive depression Factsheet

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Depression in women is common at times of hormonal change. Reproductive depression is a hormonally based depression that can come and go over the course of your reproductive life, including the perimenopause. You might have reproductive depression if you experienced premenstrual depression (you might think of it as PMS) and if you’ve had children, you may have suffered with postnatal depression. When you enter the perimenopause, symptoms of depression might be at their worst yet (even though they can still fluctuate) and they may last for several years before your periods finish for good. Most women find that when they’re pregnant and not getting monthly cycles their mood is more stable.

Find out more about reproductive depression in our factsheet.

What is reproductive depression Factsheet
Dr Hannah Ward

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Dr Hannah Ward

Hannah qualified from Southampton Medical School in 1998 and initially pursued a career in hospital medicine obtaining MRCP (2001) before deciding to become a GP. Hannah completed her training in Oxford in 2004 (MRCGP). Whilst enjoying the variety that general practice offers she has developed special interests in Womens’ Health and Rheumatology. She is trained to fit coils and implants. Hannah completed a Masters degree at Oxford University in Rheumatology in 2011 with a particular interest in osteoporosis. Hannah’s interest in the menopause and HRT was ignited following her own hormonal struggles after the birth of her children. She now spends much of her time in general practice helping women recognise the effects of the menopause on their physical and mental health and providing women with up to date and evidenced based information on the treatments available.

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