Postpartum Depression is a condition that exists in 10-20% of women after having a baby. It usually occurs fairly soon after the birth of a baby (meaning within the first week after delivery) but may be delayed in its occurrence from three to six months
In postpartum depression, the woman suffers from a severe change in affect which includes depression, anxiety, panic attacks, hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal thoughts. By being able to identify those women who suffer from this condition, the FCP can be remarkably helpful in seeing that those individuals receive appropriate treatment.
Again, with work done at the Pope Paul VI Institute, the treatment for this condition has been intramuscular progesterone with a success rate of 96.5 percent. The improvement with IM progesterone is often dramatic. The women will talk about the improvement being very rapid in onset–that is within hours.
Current approaches in medicine use antidepressants or anti-anxiety agents to treat PPD. These treatments often take several weeks to improve the symptoms and result in very slow progress. However, with the use of progesterone, the improvement is often observed within hours after its administration.
This condition, postpartum depression, is an associated condition of PMS and in fact women who suffer from Postpartum Depression often have a pre-existing history of PMS (or a past history of postpartum depression).