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How Often Do Women Use Non-Drug Treatment Methods for Psyschiatric Symptoms During Pregnancy and Postpartum Periods?


How Often Do Women Use Non-Drug Treatment Methods for Psyschiatric Symptoms During Pregnancy and Postpartum Periods?

Hilal Uslu Yuvaci et al. Ment Illn.


The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of complementary and alternative medical applications (CAM) and non-drug treatments of women during their pregnancies, postpartum periods and the changes between these periods. The Screening Form for Non-pharmacologic Methods Used during Pregnancy and Postpartum period was administered to the participants. Passiflora (Incarnata), Hypericum perforatum (St. John's Wort), omega 3 supplements, bright light treatment, transmagnetic stimulation, S-adenosyl- methionine, herbal teas, biofeedback/neurofeedback, amulets, exercise, acupuncture and psychotherapy were investigated. The ratio of the use of one of the CAM methods for psychiatric complaints during people's lifetime was found to be 33.3% (n=162). Herbal teas were the main practice used during pregnancy (58.8%) and the postpartum. The use of CAM according to the utilization periods of the participants statistically significantly decreased in those who were currently pregnant (Cochran's Q=298.007; P<0.05). The use of participants' non-drug treatments in the periodical follow-up decreased in those who are currently pregnant and increased during the postpartum period.

Keywords: Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Postpartum; Pregnancy; Psychiatric Symptoms.

Conflict of interest statement

Conflict of interest: the authors declare no potential conflict of interest.


Figure 1.
Figure 1.
Changes in the utilization of one of the complementary and alternative medical applications methods for psychiatric complaints by utilization time.

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