Depression Screening Urged for Young Women With Menopause-Like Symptoms

Study reveals a doubling of risk with primary ovarian insufficiency

Bloomberg Businessweek


FRIDAY, Dec. 3 (HealthDay News) — Young women with a menopause-like condition called primary ovarian insufficiency should be evaluated for depression, a new study suggests.

Women with the condition, called POI for short, stop producing normal amounts of reproductive hormones, develop hot flashes, typically become infertile and, in addition, face an increased risk for depression. POI can develop as early as the teens or 20s, according to the researchers, from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

The investigators evaluated 174 women with POI and found that 67 percent either currently had depression or had been clinically depressed at least once in the past. That rate is more than twice the rate found among women in general, the researchers noted.

The finding was released online in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Just why depression seems more prevalent among women with POI, however, remains unclear. The theory that learning of a POI diagnosis is what triggered depression in most women with the condition was not supported by the study, which found that more than 68 percent of the women became depressed before they were diagnosed.

What doctors should do, however, was made clear by the study, according to one of the study’s senior authors, Dr. Lawrence M. Nelson, head of integrative and reproductive medicine at the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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POI and depression  are all about hormone imbalance and low progesterone levels.  Don’t let them create another ‘syndrome’ and another drug or anti-depressant for an imbalance that is manageable and treatable.

And if you were a young woman going into menopause wouldn’t you be depressed?  That would be normal, in my book. Many of the Gardasil girls are facing this very issue.  One of the ‘new medical conditions’ as a result of the damaging effects of the HPV vaccines.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.