How to Destress

Postpartum Depression And Hormones

Recent studies have provided the fact that Postpartum Depression is caused by rapid increase and decrease of two hormones namely estrogen and progesterone. These hormones increase rapidly during pregnancy and they decrease rapidly to pre-pregnancy levels within the first 24 hours of childbirth. These hormones also change rapidly during the women’s menstrual period. These two hormones are steroid type hormones that support reproduction. Postpartum Depression is a major disturbing depression which should not go untreated or otherwise it may result in severe consequences.

Hormonal changes before the menstrual cycle, those that are sufficient enough to cause premenstrual syndrome, and severe hormonal changes during the menstrual period can lead a woman to react unpredictably to different situations. The same can happen during postpartum depression. For instance, she may begin to cry profusely or she may suddenly seem angered for no sufficient reason.


Likewise, depression can result from rapid hormonal changes. This can be due to the hormonal changes that have rapidly occurred in her body and this can be postpartum depression; this is why some researchers say that postpartum depression stems from hormonal changes. The same symptoms of postpartum depression seem to occur during menstrual periods in which the estrogen and progesterone rapidly increase and decrease, albeit the symptoms produced by hormonal changes during menstruation are far less severe.

When experiencing postpartum depression, a woman normally shouldn’t spend a lot of time secluded from others as this can intensify feelings associated with the onset of depression. Further, if a woman suspects that she is experiencing postpartum depression, she needs to seek outside assistance as soon as possible: the sooner she gets help in managing the symptoms, the better off she will be in terms of psychological health.