Journal article

Depression across pregnancy and the postpartum, antidepressant use and the association with female sexual function

Megan Galbally, Stuart J Watson, Michael Permezel, Andrew J Lewis



BACKGROUND: There is an established relationship between depression and sexual functioning in women. However, there is limited research examining the relationship between perinatal depression and sexual functioning. METHODS: This study draws on the Mercy Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study and reports on 211 women recruited in early pregnancy and followed to 12 months postpartum. Women were assessed for depression using the Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-IV, repeated measurement of depressive symptoms using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and sexual functioning using the Female Sexual Functioning Inventory. Data were also collected on antidepressant use, mode of deliv..

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Awarded by 2012 National Priority Funding Round of Beyond blue

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank those who have supported the development of MPEWS including Marinus van IJzendoorn. The authors also thank staff, students and volunteers on the MPEWS study as well as study co-ordinators: Nicole Brooks and Tina Vaiano for their contribution to MPEWS. The authors are also sincerely grateful to the study participants who have contributed a substantial amount of time to participate in this study. This study is supported through the 2012 National Priority Funding Round of Beyond blue in a 3-year research grant (ID 519240) and a 2015 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grant for 5 years (APP1106823). Financial support has also been obtained from the Academic Research and Development Grants, Mercy Health and Centre for Mental Health and Well-Being, Deakin University.