For most women, pregnancy is generally viewed as a period of emotional wellbeing. But after giving birth, many new mothers experience what is known as the baby blues, a period of moodiness and anxiety that can last a few weeks. For some women the symptoms just won't go away. And it is estimated that between 10 and 20 percent of new mothers experience a longer term, more disabling condition known as postpartum depression.
Guest: Dr. Shari Lusskin, Director of Reproductive Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine
4th Annual New York University Medical Center Symposium on Woman's Reproductive Mental Health (Saturday, October 2, 2004). Registration and more information available at: www.med.nyu.edu/cme.
Physicians and allied health care professionals who work with women are invited. This intensive continuing medical education course is also open to the public in keeping with the course's mission to broaden awareness of the special mental health needs of women.
Center of New York
MGH Center for Women's Mental Health
Heart disease is the single greatest health risk for women, more than stroke and cancer combined. However many people still think that heart disease is only a problem for men and, as a result, far too many women ignore the symptoms and actually go untreated by their doctors.
Guest: Dr Nieca Goldberg, Chief Cardiologist, Women's Heart Program Lennox Hill Hospital, NY
National Women's Heart Information Center
The American Heart Association
Book: WOMAN ARE NOT SMALL MEN
Life-Saving Strategies for Preventing and Healing Heart Disease
By Nieca Goldberg, M.D.
Available in bookstores nationwide
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement was the main treatment for menopause for more than a generation.
In 2002, an estrogen-progesterone trial was terminated because of the elevated risk of stroke to the women enrolled in the study. Then, last February, a federally funded study of estrogen-alone hormone therapy was also abruptly stopped because of similar risk to the participants. What do these findings mean to the millions of women currently taking hormones either to relieve menopausal symptoms or to prevent chronic disease.
Guest: Dr. Steven Goldstein, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the NYU Medical Center
National Institutes of Health
The Woman's Health Initiative
The decision of whether or not to have children is, of course, one every couple will have to make. But for far too many the choice is not always their own. In fact, one out of every six American couples experiences some for of infertility. The disease has many causes, some attributed to male and some to female factors, but in either case the end result is the same: the inability to have a child. The good news is that there are a range of treatments available, and many couples seeking treatment will eventually get pregnant.
Guests: Dr. Stephen Spandorfer, Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist, Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility at The Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Sue Slotnick, Board member, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
American Infertility Association
INCIID: The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination, Inc.
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
To find a clinic's success rate: CDC Fertility Clinic Success Rates Reports
After Jennifer gave birth to her daughter, she began to suffer the baby blues, a common ailment for new mothers. But for Jennifer the depression wouldn't go away.
Harriet began to feel tired. She had no idea that it was the first symptom of a heart attack.
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Mary and Susan had different approaches to menopause, while their mother was on hormone replacement therapy for over thirty years.
Here is a look at two womens' journeys to motherhood. Tracey is still struggling in her efforts to conceive, while Cathy was successful in giving birth to a baby boy.
Funding for "Women's Health: A New York Voices Health Special" has been provided by:
Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation
Michael T. Martin
Rockefeller Brothers Fund