Postpartum Depression

     
 
: Yisroel Yaffa M.D.



A womans sense of well-being is a result of many factors. The one word that can describe the requirements for well-being is Balance. After nurturing her fetus with all of her bodys strength, love and prayers for nine months, the new mother is physically and emotionally tired, weakened and most likely under stress. Her balance has seen better days. New beginnings are joyous but challenging also. In addition, she can be thrown into further havoc and maybe chaos as the new mothers hormones are returning to her non-pregnant state.

A womans natural cycle is a delicate dance of hormonal balance. It is an intricate system of communication and feedback involving multiple areas of the brain, the adrenal glands, the thyroid and the ovaries. An essential part of her balance is the constant ratio of the amount of Progesterone to Estrogen. If this balance is thrown off, many unpleasant physical and emotional reactions are possible to happen.

There is a fair amount of interplay amongst the hormones but in general we can say that Estrogen is essential for getting the uterus ready for implantation and Progesterone maintains the uterus for fertilization and pregnancy. The amount of Progesterone the body makes from ovulation until right before the womans period is approximately 20 mg per day. The Progesterone is mostly made from the site in the ovary that has just sent an egg to be fertilized. That follicle becomes the corpus luteum whose main job is to make Progesterone. The womans adrenal glands add just a very small amount of Progesterone to the total. During pregnancy, the placenta takes over Progesterone production. As the pregnancy progresses, the placenta makes between 350 and 400 mg of Progesterone per day to maintain the pregnancy. The ovarys corpus luteum at that point stops making Progesterone. With delivery, the placenta derived Progesterone is Suddenly Gone. Postpartum, the ovary isnt sending out any eggs for fertilization so no Progesterone is being made there. The adrenal glands are pretty exhausted from carrying the fetus for 9 months and labor and delivery. So the adrenal glands arent making significant amounts of Progesterone. Our Balance of the Progesterone to Estrogen ratio is way Off-Balance. There is No Progesterone to balance the Estrogen. This can cause headaches, irritability, sleeplessness and Postpartum Depression. One study of 120 women showed those women with the highest prenatal Progesterone levels and whom had the lowest postnatal Progesterone levels scored the highest on measures of postpartum depression scores. Hormonal Balance is key to health.

I have been treating women with Postpartum Depression from Jerusalems Postpartum Depression Network (NITZA) for a number of years. The basis of this treatment is to restore Balance to the body using natural means. This includes diet, vitamins, herbs and natural hormones that are customized to the womans needs. The results have been more than gratifying. Postpartum Depression can be very disabling to the woman and to her entire family. The results of Natural Hormone Balancing has allowed women who once suffered from Postpartum Depression, not only to resolve it, but to go on and have further children without a recurrence, bli ayin hara.



Yisroel Yaffa M.D. is a Family Doctor practicing Alternative Medicine. He practiced Conventional Medicine in South Jersey for 12 years where he was the Medical Director for a Thomas Jefferson Family Practice Clinic and also served as Medical Director for a General Electric Aerospace facility. He has been practicing Natural medicine for the last 5 years. Dr. Yaffa treats the whole family with Natural supplements and specializes in Womens Natural Health. Dr. Yaffa sees patients privately both in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh. He can be reached for an appointment at
053-22-1898.

Clinical Study Being Formed NowPost-Partum Depression & Hormone Imbalance Call Dr. Yaffa if you or somebody you know would like to be included. Study being done in conjunction with ZRT Labs in Oregon, USA.

Postpartum Depression

A womans sense of well-being is a result of many factors. The one word that can describe the requirements for well-being is Balance. After nurturing her fetus with all of her bodys strength, love and prayers for nine months, the new mother is physically and emotionally tired, weakened and most likely under stress. Her balance has seen better days. New beginnings are joyous but challenging also. In addition, she can be thrown into further havoc and maybe chaos as the new mothers hormones are returning to her non-pregnant state.

A womans natural cycle is a delicate dance of hormonal balance. It is an intricate system of communication and feedback involving multiple areas of the brain, the adrenal glands, the thyroid and the ovaries. An essential part of her balance is the constant ratio of the amount of Progesterone to Estrogen. If this balance is thrown off, many unpleasant physical and emotional reactions are possible to happen.

There is a fair amount of interplay amongst the hormones but in general we can say that Estrogen is essential for getting the uterus ready for implantation and Progesterone maintains the uterus for fertilization and pregnancy. The amount of Progesterone the body makes from ovulation until right before the womans period is approximately 20 mg per day. The Progesterone is mostly made from the site in the ovary that has just sent an egg to be fertilized. That follicle becomes the corpus luteum whose main job is to make Progesterone. The womans adrenal glands add just a very small amount of Progesterone to the total. During pregnancy, the placenta takes over Progesterone production. As the pregnancy progresses, the placenta makes between 350 and 400 mg of Progesterone per day to maintain the pregnancy. The ovarys corpus luteum at that point stops making Progesterone. With delivery, the placenta derived Progesterone is Suddenly Gone. Postpartum, the ovary isnt sending out any eggs for fertilization so no Progesterone is being made there. The adrenal glands are pretty exhausted from carrying the fetus for 9 months and labor and delivery. So the adrenal glands arent making significant amounts of Progesterone. Our Balance of the Progesterone to Estrogen ratio is way Off-Balance. There is No Progesterone to balance the Estrogen. This can cause headaches, irritability, sleeplessness and Postpartum Depression. One study of 120 women showed those women with the highest prenatal Progesterone levels and whom had the lowest postnatal Progesterone levels scored the highest on measures of postpartum depression scores. Hormonal Balance is key to health.

I have been treating women with Postpartum Depression from Jerusalems Postpartum Depression Network (NITZA) for a number of years. The basis of this treatment is to restore Balance to the body using natural means. This includes diet, vitamins, herbs and natural hormones that are customized to the womans needs. The results have been more than gratifying. Postpartum Depression can be very disabling to the woman and to her entire family. The results of Natural Hormone Balancing has allowed women who once suffered from Postpartum Depression, not only to resolve it, but to go on and have further children without a recurrence, bli ayin hara.



Yisroel Yaffa M.D. is a Family Doctor practicing Alternative Medicine. He practiced Conventional Medicine in South Jersey for 12 years where he was the Medical Director for a Thomas Jefferson Family Practice Clinic and also served as Medical Director for a General Electric Aerospace facility. He has been practicing Natural medicine for the last 5 years. Dr. Yaffa treats the whole family with Natural supplements and specializes in Womens Natural Health. Dr. Yaffa sees patients privately both in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh. He can be reached for an appointment at
053-22-1898.

Clinical Study Being Formed NowPost-Partum Depression & Hormone Imbalance Call Dr. Yaffa if you or somebody you know would like to be included. Study being done in conjunction with ZRT Labs in Oregon, USA.


 
 


 
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