Target: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, Dr. Tom Frieden
Goal: Increase research on the possible dangers of antidepressant use during pregnancy.
Antidepressants are widely used medications in the U.S., and many people who take them are women in their prime reproductive years. Though there have been numerous studies about the possible dangers of pregnant women taking antidepressants, there is not conclusive evidence one way or another. With the possible link between antidepressant use during pregnancy and birth defects, it is extremely important that more research be conducted in order to help women make the healthiest choices possible for themselves and their babies.
It is estimated that 15 percent of women take antidepressants during their reproductive years. While it may be important for these women to take these medications when they aren’t pregnant, it might be a good idea for them to cease using antidepressants during pregnancy; some reports suggest that taking antidepressants during pregnancy could increase the risk of birth defects in the baby’s heart, brain, or other organs. On the other hand, other reports suggest that women who are at risk for depression should remain on their medications in order to ensure they are emotionally healthy during pregnancy. Additional studies have found that certain antidepressants shouldn’t increase the risk of birth defects, but that if they do, the increase in risk is minimal. With all of these various reports sending mixed information to women and their doctors, it is difficult for pregnant women who take antidepressants to know what is the healthiest choice for them to make.
Pregnancy is an extremely difficult and vulnerable time, and women should have access to the knowledge they need in order to make safe and healthy decisions for themselves and their babies. The lack of conclusive information about the link between antidepressants and birth defects is not to be tolerated, and more research needs to be conducted until we find the necessary answers. Please sign the below petition to show support for further research in this area of medicine.
Dear Dr. Frieden,
As of now, there are a wide variety of reports on whether the use of antidepressants during pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects. However, many of these studies contradict one another, and there is simply no conclusive evidence to guide women and their doctors. Pregnancy is an extremely difficult and vulnerable time, and women should have access to the knowledge they need in order to make safe and healthy decisions for themselves and their babies. I am writing to ask that you please support more research into the possible link between the use of antidepressants during pregnancy and birth defects.
It is estimated that 15 percent of women take antidepressants during their reproductive years. When it comes to deciding whether to remain on these medications while pregnant, many of these women find themselves in a tight spot. Some reports suggest that continued use of antidepressants during pregnancy could potentially harm the baby, and other reports suggest that it is more important for a mother to remain on medications that keep her mentally and emotionally healthy during the pregnancy. With all of this conflicting information, it’s difficult for women to know how to make the best decision.
This lack of information on the possible link between antidepressants and birth defects is problematic, as it prevents women from having the information they need to make knowledgeable and healthy decisions during their pregnancies. Women deserve to have this information, and that is why I am asking that you please support and encourage further research into this topic.
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