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Estrogen Patch Eases Postpartum Depression

Close to 10 percent of all new mothers experience a form of clinical depression that can last for several months after giving birth. A new study published by the British medical journal The Lancet finds that wearing an estrogen patch can lead to faster and more extensive recovery of postpartum depression. Authority on the subject Dr. Michael W. O’Hara of the University of Iowa in Iowa City said the treatment might be “an alternative for women who don’t respond to antidepressants.” Normal estrogen levels range from 80 to 200 picograms per liter of blood; levels during pregnancy reach 5,000 picograms and plummet to 80 to 100 immediately after childbirth

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The Nando Net and New York Times - April 30, 1996

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