A hormone gel rubbed into the skin once a day can ease depression in women whose condition is caused by fluctuations in the hormone progesterone. Reproductive Depression is caused by fluctuations in progesterone that occur when a surge of the hormone is released by the ovary at the same time it releases a egg during a woman's monthly cycle.
According to an article in the Daily Mail, some women are particularly sensitive to the increase in hormones and undergo dramatic changes in personality. They become depressed, cry, have incidents of rage, and feel suicidal. But once their periods begin, levels of progesterone plummet and their moods skyrocket.
London-based Dr. Michael Craig, who was a gynecologist before becoming a psychiatrist, has opened a clinic that will diagnose and treat women who have mental health problems as a result of hormonal fluctuations.
The same women who have Reproductive Depression each month also suffer from depression after childbirth and before menopause. Dr. Craig found that a dab of an estrogen gel stops hormone fluctuations because it stops ovulation.
Some of the women Dr. Craig treats have been suffering for decades, using antidepressants and other therapies, including even electroshock treatments, with no relief.
"It's a scandal because the evidence is there in good scientific journals that pre-menstrual depression, post-natal depression and peri-menopausal depression are all treatable with estrogen," Dr. Craig told the Daily Mail.
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