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New Research article on Trama and PMDD 03 Dec 2005 01:39 #4132

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Rev Bras Psiquiatr. 2005 Oct;27:s65-s72. Epub 2005 Nov 10. Related Articles, Links


[b:1bca534a8d]Trauma & the reproductive lifecycle in women.[/b:1bca534a8d]

Born L, Phillips SD, Steiner M, Soares CN.

Women's Health Concerns Clinic, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, Canada.

Women are at significantly higher risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than men, resulting in increased psychosocial burden and healthcare related costs. Recent research has shown complex interactions between the impact of traumatic experiences, and the reproductive lifecycle in women. For example, women suffering from premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) who also report a history of sexual or physical abuse are more likely to present with different neuroendocrine reactivity to stressors, when compared to premenstrual dysphoric disorder subjects without prior history of trauma or abuse or non-premenstrual dysphoric disorder subjects. In addition, women with a history of abuse or trauma may experience re-emergence of symptoms during pregnancy. Lastly, females who experience miscarriage may present with even higher prevalence rates of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. In this manuscript we examine the existing data on gender differences in post-traumatic stress disorder, with particular focus on psychological and physiological factors that might be relevant to the development of symptoms after exposure to traumatic events associated with the reproductive life cycle. Current options available for the treatment of such symptoms, including group and counselling therapies and debriefing are critically reviewed.

PMID: 16302056 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Link to full article: www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_artt...p;lng=en&nrm=iso

New Research article on Trama and PMDD 21 Dec 2005 17:22 #4133

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Hi.

I loved reading this article and am interested in starting a discussion based on it. I myself have questions relating to the relationship between childhood trauma, pregnancy (or more specifically fertility, infertility and miscarriage) and our bodies, how diet and supplementation affects these things, how they can be used to prepare the body for pregnancy or to manage the psychological changes and so much more.

In brief:

I'm thirty seven years old. Testing (some years ago) revealed that I was producing unviable eggs, if eggs at all. With my ex-husband we tried to conceived for six years to no avail. I suspected that my childhood abuse and the 'unsafe' nature of our relationship had a lot to do with it. I now believe that my depleted store of Vitamin D had a lot to do with it.

A year ago November, with my current boyfriend, I got pregnant - conceiving on about day 10 - and it did not hold past two weeks. My next period was devastating both physically and emotionally. Last month the same thing seems to have occured. The same strange bodily sensations and symptoms, a sense of unbelievable peace and happiness, and then a very intense period and severe depression lasting about three days.

Anybody else on this board find this article fascinating as I do? Do you have experiences to relate?

Thanks, Alex
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