A study published in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association (CMAJ) has found an association between antidepressant use during pregnancy and increased risk of spontaneous abortion. The authors were cautious not to suggest a causal relationship, however they did attempt to control for confounding variables and still found the risk is more than doubled (5.5% vs 2.7%).
I found this choice of words from the abstract to be unfortunate, however in all fairness, when up against an industry like the phychiatric drug mafia, I can understand why they’d soften the blow in order to cover their own asses.
The risk of relapse of depression or the diagnosis of some other psychiatric disorders during pregnancy necessitates the use of antidepressants despite possible adverse effects.
But really, Necessitates? What did female humans do with their emotions during pregnancy for the 50,000 years prior to the invention of these wonder-drugs? Here’s the problem: We’re a society of useless, weak morons who would rather give our babies birth defects than take control over our own emotions.
… Whether such use increases the risk of spontaneous abortion is still being debated.
An odd place for this statement, considering the conclusions clearly state the risk is more than doubled. Of course, anyone can debate anything they want.
After adjustment for potential confounders, we found that the use of antidepressants during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of spontaneous abortion.
If they’ve made “adjustment for potential confounders” and still found more than double the risk of spontaneous abortion, I believe this does imply a causal relationship and not merely an association.
The use of antidepressants, especially paroxetine [Paxil], venlafaxine [Effexor] or the combined use of different classes of antidepressants, during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of spontaneous abortion.
In my experience, women are trusting of authority and establishment medicine, which makes them perfect targets revenue streams patients for the psychiatric industry. Instead of teaching girls how to manage their emotions in a rational and constructive manner- by working things out verbally, doing exercise, and maintaining a proper diet, we tell them they need mood-altering, addictive drugs to treat their “disease.”
There is no doubt that reproductive hormones can alter mood and behavior in both women and men, but is it acceptable to pawn that burden off on our unborn children in the form of birth defects? Are we so weak we can’t deal with the physiological issues that all our ancestors dealt with to bring us into this world? If they hadn’t met the challenge– if they’d decided to drink alcohol excessively, or take Laudanum, cocaine, or other mood altering drugs that were available (without prescriptions), they might not have carried those babies to term.
When my (now x) wife was pregnant with our child, they tried to push antidepressants on her. It was a struggle to convince her to look at new research that showed increased risk of birth defects and miscarriage. This isn’t the only study showing increased risk of complications and birth defects associated with antidepressants.
Psychiatrists and doctors said the drugs posed no risk to the baby, weren’t habit forming, etc. It was 100% pure profit-motivated bs and thank god I was able to help her make the right decision.
Moral of the story: Don’t take mood-altering drugs during pregnancy (duh).
88 Responses to “Antidepressant use during pregnancy associated with increased risk of spontaneous abortion”
You are making the naive mistake of confusing “I have a bad day” for “I have a neurological disorder that can leave me unable to cope with the depressive episodes its causes.” Go and tell someone with with a bad flu to just learn to deal with it.
Calvin, I think this analogy of “dealing with the flu” is perfect. As you may be aware, mainstream medicine has no drug that cures the flu, just as they have no drug that cures depression. Tamiflu is ineffective and has major side effects, much like antidepressants have been proven to be statistically less effective than placebo.
Antidepressants may benefit some people, some of the time, but overall they are addictive and increase risk of psychotic breaks and manic episodes when changing dosage or if the patient forgets to take even a single dose, so this reduces the ‘overall effectiveness,’ in the aggregate, of these drugs.
So yes. Just like when you get the flu, you have to “learn to deal with it,” especially when drugs that reduce the symptoms can also cause birth defects in your offspring. Would you rather “deal with it” or have a kid with birth defects, or a miscarriage?
If you think the anxiety and depression caused by pregnancy hormones are bad, how about raising a child with birth defects?
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