Postpartum Depression and How TMS Can Help
How Can TMS Treat Postpartum Depression?
TMS uses magnetic waves to activate certain areas of the brain. The waves pass through the skull and stimulate the area of the brain thought to regulate mood. TMS is safe and noninvasive and allows for treatment of PPD both during and after pregnancy.
Pregnancy & Depression
One in seven women suffers from PPD in the year after they give birth. It affects approximately 15% of new mothers. PPD is the most common complication of childbirth. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in postpartum women. About 1 in 750 mothers will have postpartum depression with psychosis.
TMS Treatment for Postpartum Depression
Women are receiving positives results when using TMS for treating their PPD. While TMS is safe and noninvasive, it is best to speak with a doctor to find out of TMS is right for you, whether you’re pregnant or recently given birth. For more information please give us a call.
Is TMS safe while breastfeeding?
Yes. Research has found that TMS has no effect on breastmilk. Mothers can safely resume breastfeeding after each TMS treatment session, with no downtime.
What are the side effects?
The most common side effect while using TMS is temporary headaches. These are not debilitating and can be cared for with OTC pain medication if needed. There are no other documented side effects that are caused by TMS treatment.
How long is the treatment?
Each session lasts between 20 to 30 minutes. There is an average of 36 sessions that take place over the course of the 8-week treatment course.
Is there downtime after treatment?
No, there is no downtime after treatment. This includes after each individual session and the entire treatment course. Patients are able to safely resume regular activities following each session.
Our psychiatrist will conduct an assessment to determine an appropriate course of treatment. This will include going over a brief medical history.
Daily treatments lasting approximately 20-30 minutes each are done in a comfortable setting. Treatment lasts 6-8 weeks and we offer flexible scheduling to accommodate most schedules.
Our psychiatrist may recommend additional therapies to work in tandem with your TMS Treatment. Certain types of behavioral therapy are often a beneficial compliment to enhance the positive results of TMS.