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10 Jan 2005

PND after 3 years?
I have been depressed since the birth of my twins three & a half years ago. Could my depression still be PND? I am convinced that my condition is caused by a hormonal imbalance? The twins were born at 33 weeks and had to stay in hospital for a month. I was sterilised during the emergency C-section. I also still have milk, although I stopped expressing when the twins were 3 months old. It's very difficult to get an appointment with my Gynea, so I've never been back since my 6week check-up. Can my hormone levels be determined by a blood test? If so, what is the test called? Maybe I can just go to a lab and have it done. Any advice you can give would be appreciated.
Regards
Sam
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GynaeDoc
gynaedoc

01 Jan 0001

PND can start after a birth and persist if not treated. A hormone imbalance as a cause is unlikely. You may need antidepressants and a psychiatrist might then be the best person to see.
You should have your prolactin measured if you are still producing milk.

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