Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology

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ISSN / EISSN : 0167-482X / 1743-8942
Published by: Informa UK Limited (10.1080)
Total articles ≅ 1,506
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Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology pp 1-11;

Introduction: Pregnancy has been associated with diminished maternal mental health and a deterioration in partner relationship quality. The recent COVID-19 quarantine measures have created additional stressors for pregnant women due to isolation and a surge in partner conflict. Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess how partner relationship conflict and social support may mediate mental health outcomes during the COVID-19 lockdown. Methods: A cross-sectional study with a sample of 152 pregnant women using psychological measures, (i.e. Prenatal Distress Questionnaire, Symptom Checklist-90-R, Duke-UNC-11 Functional Social Support Questionnaire, Perceived Stress Scale). Demographic characteristics, obstetrics history, and partner relationship conflict were assessed using questionnaires. Results: While there were few reports of physical violence in this sample, between 18% and 59% of women reported partner relationship conflict on the psychological subscale (e.g. afraid of one’s partner or screamed at by one’s partner). Further, the psychological subscale was significantly associated with symptoms of psychopathology. There was a significant negative association between social support and pregnancy-specific stress (p = .005), and perceived stress (p= .038). Conclusions: These findings suggest that partner relationship conflict and social support may act as important buffers for prenatal mental health in childbearing women during vulnerable situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
, Suzanne Thomas, Louise Stephens, Tracey A. Mills, Christine Hughes, Joanna Beaumont,
Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology pp 1-6;

Aim: Pregnancy after the death of a baby is associated with numerous, varied psychological challenges for pregnant women. This study aimed to explore women’s experiences of pregnancy whilst attending a specialist antenatal service for pregnancies after a perinatal death. Methods: Semi-structured interviews with twenty women in a subsequent pregnancy after a perinatal death were conducted and analyzed taking an inductive thematic analysis approach. Results: All women expressed a heightened “awareness of risk”. Two subthemes demonstrated how increased awareness of risk affected their experience and their desire regarding antenatal and postnatal support. Women talked about stillbirth being a “quiet, unspoken subject” causing them internal conflict as they had an awareness of pregnancy complications that other people did not. Navigating subsequent pregnancies relied on them “expecting the worst and hoping for the best” in terms of pregnancy outcomes. Women viewed specialist antenatal care in pregnancy after perinatal loss favorably, as it enabled them to receive tailored care that met their needs stemming from their increased awareness of and personal expectations of risk. Conclusion: Women’s experiences can be used to develop models of care but further studies are required to determine to identify which components are most valued.
, Olga Van Den Akker
Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology pp 1-7;

This study examined experiences during the cessation of fertility treatment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including levels of mental health, coping strategies used to manage uncertainty about treatment due to the pandemic, sources of support, and predictors of mental health. One hundred and seventy-five participants in the UK completed an online survey. Half of the participants experienced clinical levels of anxiety and/or depression, and 20% reported suicidal feelings as a result of the uncertainty about treatment due to the pandemic. Support from friends, family and online forums were reported by more than half of participants, but support from fertility clinics or counsellors were reported by less than one quarter. The strategy used most frequently to cope with the uncertainty about treatment due to the pandemic was self-distraction, and this predicted reduced depression. However, self-blame, behavioral disengagement and venting predicted increased depression and self-blame, behavioral disengagement, and denial predicted increased anxiety. Fertility clinic communication and psychological support, such as counselling, which had substantially reduced during treatment cessation, could include some focus on personal coping, including what to avoid. Psychological support is likely to be more important now than ever. Despite resumption of treatment, the impacts of the period of cessation and of COVID-19 are likely to continue to reverberate.
Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology pp 1-9;

This study aimed to identify the level of menstrual distress among nurses during the premenstrual and menstrual phases and to investigate associations between depressive symptoms and menstrual distress. This was a cross-sectional study conducted using data from the Korea Nurses’ Health Study. We used data from December 2018 to September 2019. A total of 6878 nurses was selected for final analysis. Data on demographic characteristics, women’s health-related variables, shift work, sleep quality, depressive symptoms and menstrual distress were collected. Descriptive statistics, and hierarchical multiple regression analysis were used. Depressive symptoms were significantly correlated with menstrual distress in both premenstrual and menstrual phases (premenstrual phase B = 1.60, 95% CI = 1.49–1.71; menstrual phase B = 1.65, 95% CI = 1.54–1.76) after controlling for demographic characteristics, women’s health-related variables, shift work and sleep quality. The results of this study indicate the importance of tailored care for menstrual distress based on the menstrual phase and the significance of depressive symptoms in the management of menstrual distress.
, Hannah Woodman, Yousri Afifi, Christiani A. Amorim, Simon Fishel, Ioannis Gallos, Arri Coomarasamy,
Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology pp 1-15;

The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of young girls and women who underwent or considered ovarian tissue cryopreservation (OTC) using a systematic review of qualitative studies with thematic synthesis framework. Major electronic databases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, CINAHL and PsycINFO were searched from 1946 to May 2020 and reference lists of relevant articles were hand searched. Any studies that described a qualitative inquiry and highlighted the experiences of women with regards to OTC were included. Two independent reviewers screened the title and abstracts and made a selection against inclusion criteria. Main outcomes measures were experiences of women who have considered and/or undergone OTC, decision making in women who underwent or considered OTC and patient education. Nineteen studies were assessed for full text eligibility and four were included in analysis. 144 verbatim quotations from 85 participants in high income countries (UK, USA and Denmark) were included. Two studies adopted grounded theory approach, one phenomenology and one inductive content analysis. Four themes were generated; participants described their experiences as emotional, involving complex decision-making, helping them prepare for the long-term consequences of potentially losing their fertility and hormonal function, as well as their experience being educational. Additionally, the more practical aspects of the procedure such as OTC being invasive as well as costs implications were highlighted. Women and young girls are often involved in making time-sensitive decisions whether or not to undergo OTC. Healthcare professionals involved in the care of young girls and women undergoing this method need to also take into consideration the emotional wellbeing of the patients as well as the time and expertise it requires to help them make an informed decision.
, Sigal Levy, Haim Krissi, Yoav Peled
Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology pp 1-7;

The research aim was to study the possible effect of epidural analgesia, as well as other possible demographic/obstetric variables and subjective birth experience on postpartum depression, PTSD, and impaired bonding. This was a longitudinal study of 254 women who gave birth at the maternity wards of a large tertiary health center and responded to questionnaires at T1 (Childbirth Experience Questionnaire and level of fatigue question; in person, 1–4 days postpartum) and at T2 (Postnatal Depression Scale, Postpartum Bonding Questionnaire, and the City Birth Trauma Scale; online-two months postpartum). Obstetric and demographic data were taken from medical files. Having a previous psychiatric diagnosis and higher levels of fatigue significantly predicted worse outcomes in all measures (level of fatigue was not associated with the City Birth Trauma birth-related symptoms factor). Having higher education, being primiparous, worse birth experience, and longer second stage of birth predicted worse outcomes in some measures. Although epidural administration had no effect on any of the outcome variables, special attention should be devoted to women who had long second-stage births and/or suffering from postpartum fatigue to prevent postpartum psychopathology. In addition, demographic variables, such as primiparity, education, and prior psychopathology diagnosis should be considered to treat women and prevent postpartum psychopathology.
Sofia Hallström, Hanna Grundström, Anna Malmquist, Matilda Eklind,
Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology pp 1-6;

Background: Most studies of fear of childbirth (FOC) are conducted on heterosexual cisgender pregnant populations of birth-giving parents. Among lesbian and bisexual women, as well as transgender and queer people (LBTQ), minority stress can add an extra layer to FOC. Gender binary and cisnormative assumptions leave it to the patient to educate and navigate healthcare providers, which can increase mental health problems. Objective: The aim of this study is to compare FOC and mental illness among expecting birth-giving parents and their partners in an LBTQ population. Materials and methods: This cross-sectional study recruited 80 self-identified pregnant LBTQ persons and their 54 non-pregnant partners at a LBTQ specialized antenatal clinic in a large Swedish city of over one million inhabitants. The survey included socio-demographic characteristics, sexual and gender orientation, obstetric history, previous mental health, previous trauma exposure and measures of FOC and mental health. Results: Levels of FOC were significantly higher for the pregnant participants (median W-DEQ 67.5) than for partners (median W-DEQ 60.0). The proportion of severe FOC was higher for pregnant participants (20.3%) than for partners (9.4%), although this difference was not statistically significant. Mental illness was significantly associated with FOC. Conclusion: The results add valuable information to our understanding of the specific needs of pregnant LBTQ people and their partners and may help us to develop healthcare in the future.
, Banashree Nath, Sayanti Paul, Snehlata Meena
Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology pp 1-9;

Aim: The management of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is still evolving due to the modest effect sizes of the available treatment modalities. Yoga as therapeutic intervention in PMS has been gathering interest amongst researchers. The current manuscript reviews the evidence surrounding yoga in PMS. Methods: This manuscript was a systematic review and meta-analysis evaluating the effectiveness of yoga on the total scores and sub-domains of PMS after studies were identified using a pre-defined selection criterion after a search in PubMed, Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science. Both quantitative and qualitative analysis of the accumulated data was performed. Overall, 14 studies were identified for the review, 11 of which were used for the purpose of quantitative analysis. Results: The studies were heterogenous in terms of the design, yoga regimes, nature of interventions and tools used for outcome measures. It was found that yoga was beneficial in the management of PMS. This benefit was also seen when all the sub-domains of PMS were individually examined except physical sub-domain. Conclusion: Though there were certain limitations in our review like heterogeneity in studies, possibility of publication bias and restrictive selection criterion; it supported that yoga can be beneficial in patients with PMS.
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