The unique hormonal and physical changes that occur during an individual’s reproductive years can have a dramatic impact on their mental,emotional, and reproductive health. The psychiatrists at Regeneration Psychiatry have extensive experience supporting women’s health during the reproductive cycle. They offer compassionate care whether you’re worried about taking psychiatric medications during pregnancy or struggle with depression or anxiety related to your periods, pregnancy, or menopause. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Redondo Beach, California, or book online today.
Women’s health, reproductive health, and mental health is a specialty that focuses on managing medications and caring for the emotional and mental health problems associated with menstruation, preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause.
The mental health challenges that occur during the reproductive cycle may arise from hormonal changes, imbalanced neurotransmitters, and the stress linked with pregnancy, delivery, and caring for a new baby.
These are a few ways reproductive cycles affect your mental health:
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) causes depression, anxiety, irritability, anger, and mood swings in the week or two before your menstrual period starts. These symptoms can be severe.
You may develop PMDD due to hormone changes. However, serotonin levels also fluctuate along with your hormone cycles. Since serotonin regulates mood, changes in serotonin may contribute to PMDD.
Regeneration Psychiatry frequently consults with prospective parents who take psychiatric medications and who plan to conceive or are already pregnant. They evaluate your psychiatric medications, talk with you about their safety during pregnancy, and help you decide whether to stay on your meds or make changes.
During pregnancy, you go through hormonal changes that cause a mental health disorder or make the symptoms of an existing condition worse. Regeneration Psychiatry offers comprehensive psychiatric and mental health care before and during your pregnancy.
Psychiatric medications remain a concern for parents who are breastfeeding or chestfeeding. Your provider explains the potential risks, whether medications can pass to your infant during breastfeeding or chestfeeding, and explores options when needed.
Your body goes through dramatic changes after delivering a baby. Additionally, most parents deal with lack of sleep and stress when caring for a new baby. As a result, you may develop and need treatment for postpartum depression.
Hormonal fluctuations begin in the years before menopause, and then your body stops producing estrogen at menopause. Low estrogen increases your risk of developing depression. Those who are diagnosed with mental health disorders may find that their symptoms relapse or get worse at menopause.
Many mental health conditions need medications to maintain the chemical balance in your brain and keep your symptoms in remission. The reproductive women’s health experts at Regeneration Psychiatry carefully evaluate your symptoms and make the best medicine recommendations for your mental health and stage of life.
They also advise you about the benefits of psychotherapy, complementary therapies, and other treatments that are safe during pregnancy and post-partum.
Call Regeneration Psychiatry or book an appointment online any time you have questions about your women’s health, mental health, or psychiatric medications throughout your reproductive life.