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SSRI use during fertility treatments shows little benefit to mother or fetus

Depressed women taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) who are also undergoing infertility treatment may be more likely not to conceive, to suffer complications with pregnancy, and to have a baby with birth defects, a new meta-analysis shows. Women undergoing infertility treatments often battle depression. A study published in Medical News Today investigated depressed women undergoing infertility treatment and the risks to their fetuses while taking SSRIs. The new meta-analysis took a different approach than past studies, investigating the safety and efficacy of infertile women being treated with SSRIs. Researchers culled through studies and found that SSRI is associated with lowered ... Read More

Study: Up to one-third of all birth defects caused by prescription drugs

As many as a third of all birth defects are caused by prescription drugs, according to a review published in the journal The Obstetrician & Gynecologist. Congenital abnormalities affect an estimated 2 to 3 percent of all births, and about 1 percent of those are thought to be caused by prescription drug use during pregnancy, according to the study’s authors. While many pregnant women use prescription drugs to treat infections or chronic conditions, it is often unknown just how dangerous those drugs can be to developing fetuses. Researchers focused much of their attention to two particular types drugs – antidepressants and anti-epileptic ... Read More