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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What are safe depression medications in pregnancy?

What are safe depression medications in pregnancy?

Depends: The food and drug administration assigns risk category ratings for drugs in pregnancy. Category c drugs have been suggested to cause problems in the fetus and should be used with caution in pregnancy if absolutely needed. Category d medications have been proven to cause serious harm to fetus and should be avoided. All the current antidepressants are either category c or d. ...Read more

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Can depression in pregnancy be cured?

Can depression in pregnancy be cured?

Can be treated: Just like depression in non-pregnant people, there are effective treatments that can help. The most common treatment for depression is anti-depressant medication, talk therapy, or both. If you have symptoms of depression such as sad mood, suicidal thoughts, little pleasure in life, or changes in energy/appetite/sleep, you should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are treatments for sexual arousal disorder in depressed women?

What are treatments for sexual arousal disorder in depressed women?

Marriage Counseling: Sexual arousal disorders are the most difficult to treat. When you add depression it becomes even harder as most of the anti-depressants have sexual side effects. Of course there may be many causative factors, but generally, there are issues within your relationship that must be dealt with- see a sex therapist, but expect that your doctor will ask a lot of questions about your marriage. ...Read more

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Trying to get pregnant! any experience with fertility evaluation, treatments and costs?

Trying to get pregnant! any experience with fertility evaluation, treatments and costs?

Highly variable: Many insurances will cover evaluation of infertility, even if they don't cover treatment. The best tests to get for an individual will vary depending on your history (and the male-partner's history). Best to check the man quickly. Advancing age is a big factor, so get to a reproductive specialist soon. See: http://www.Socrei.Org/ for a directory of reproductive endocrinologists near you. ...Read more

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Can a pregnant woman's use of Effexor (venlafaxine) cause autism in the baby?

Can a pregnant woman's use of Effexor (venlafaxine) cause autism in the baby?

No evidence found: No peer-reviewed scientific studies implicate venlafaxine as a teratogen or an epigenetic factor in autism. Venlafaxine, an snri, & most ssri antidepressants. Are class c because their use during the 3rd trimester may cause transient withdrawal-type symptoms in a neonate vs. A 67% recurrence of maternal depression if withdrawn abruptly. Lawyers can and do attack drug companies without evidence. ...Read more

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Depression during pregnancy--signs and treatments?

Depression during pregnancy--signs and treatments?

Same signs as not: Pregnant. The treatment, however, is different. There should be more emphasis on psychotherapy. Most antidepressants should be avoided, at least until the third trimester. Electroconvulsive therapy is very safe for both mother and child, although it is usually only used in severe cases. ...Read more

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Can contraceptive pill help in treatment of postnatal depression and premenstrual syndrome?

Can contraceptive pill help in treatment of postnatal depression and premenstrual syndrome?

Postpartum: Post partum depression is a complex, common and serious condition. The mainstays of its treatment are 1) properly selected antidepressants 2) peer support. Anyone suffering from it should ask her OB for referral to an experienced psychiatrist --as well as for referral to a local support group. The psychiatrist may suggest psychotherapy as well, which may need only be brief. ...Read more

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What hormones are used in IVF treatment?

What hormones are used in IVF treatment?

FSH and LH: FSH and LH typically used to stimulate the ovaries. Another injection is used to prevent you from ovulating prematurely (lupron or gnrh antagonist). Hcg is used to trigger ovulation. After egg retrieval, estrogen and progesterone is used to support a possible pregnancy. ...Read more

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Clomide,hcg,fsh+lh,induce ovulation,thus can they help in regulating pcos woman hormones,& in decreasing pcos symptoms:Hairloss,Hirsutism,Amenorrhea?

Unclear question: It is not at all clear what your question is. The birth control pill is usually first treatment to manage PCOS symptoms. Clomid (clomiphene) would only be used when trying to conceive. ...Read more

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Are progesterone creams safe to take for a luteal phase defect in women with pcos??

Are progesterone creams safe to take for a luteal phase defect in women with pcos??

If prescribed: Progesterone creams may be used if prescribed by your doctor for a specific medical condition. If so they should be used exactly as directed. ...Read more

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What are all the differences between hCG used in weight loss clinics combined w/ B12 &the hCG used to treat fertility?

What are all the differences between hCG used in weight loss clinics combined w/ B12 &the hCG used to treat fertility?

Some use pills: Hcg meds used for fertility are injections of either recombinant or ultrapurified hcg. Many 'hcg diet' clinics use an 'oral' form of HCG - a pill - which is complete nonsense, and likely does nothing at all. ...Read more

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Can being very close and sleeping during the that month with a woman in fertility treatment for IVF affect another woman's menstruation cycle?

Can being very close and sleeping during the that month with a woman in fertility treatment for IVF affect another woman's menstruation cycle?

No: Although women in common households such as dormitories can synchronize their menstrual periods, there is no evidence that one woman's fertility is affected by another woman while sleeping together. ...Read more

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Are hormones be used to help in fertility treatment?

Are hormones be used to help in fertility treatment?

Yes: Yes, there are several types of hormones used for fertility treatment. Talk with your doctor about what is right for you. ...Read more

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Are there any viable treatments for post-ssri sexual dysfunction pssd (including genital anesthesia + ejaculatory anhedonia) persisting several years?

Are there any viable treatments for post-ssri sexual dysfunction pssd (including genital anesthesia + ejaculatory anhedonia) persisting several years?

Beyond my scope: Sorry i can't answer your question since it's beyond my scope of practice. I have referred your question to specialists who should be able to help you. Good luck. ...Read more

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What medications lower fertility in men?

What medications lower fertility in men?

Blood pressure meds: One of the most common types of blood pressure medications in use today are calcium channel blockers - amlodipine, verapamil, Nifedipine are just some examples. Many doctors who prescribe this medication are not aware that they can cause a reversible male infertility. Sperm heads contain many calcium channels that help them to fertilize the egg. These drugs can block fertilization. ...Read more

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Missed Periods... Are there any other ways women can miss their periods...opposite- •stress, & •pregnancy?

Missed Periods... Are there any other ways women can miss their periods...opposite- •stress, & •pregnancy?

Missed periods: yes. Excessive stress. Excessive exercise that drops body fat to certain percentage can make your period stop. Malnutrition. And of course pregnancy. Hope this helps. Dr R. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Douglas Lawson
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Depression In Pregnancy (Definition)

Depression does exist during pregnancy and after. When it occurs after birth it is called post-partum depression or blues. There are different intensity categories from mild to severe. Severe post-partum depression can include suicidal ideation and a desire to separate or/and a lack of desire to ...Read more