Ketamine for Postpartum Depression

Discover Hope with Alternative Treatments for Postpartum Depression at KCLA

Welcoming a new life into the world is often depicted as a joyous occasion filled with love, laughter, and tender moments. However, for some new mothers, the reality can be quite different. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a serious mental health condition that affects many women after childbirth, and its impact can be profound.

Postpartum depression isn’t simply feeling sad or overwhelmed after having a baby. It’s a complex combination of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that can make it difficult for a mother to function and bond with her newborn. While the exact causes of PPD are not fully understood, factors such as hormonal changes, genetic predisposition, and psychological stressors can all play a role.

One of the key challenges with PPD is recognizing it. Many new mothers may dismiss their symptoms as normal “baby blues” or feel ashamed to admit they are struggling. However, it’s essential to understand that PPD is a medical condition that requires attention and support.

Symptoms of PPD can vary from person to person, though commonly include persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness, loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, difficulty bonding with the baby, and even thoughts of self-harm or harming the baby.

Fortunately, there is help available for women experiencing PPD. Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles is dedicated to innovative, effective treatments tailored for treating postpartum depression (PPD), as they have an extremely low risk of side effects for the mother and the baby. When compared to conventional antidepressant medications, ketamine infusions for PPD and TMS for PPD offer many advantages, in both safety and efficacy, over conventional treatment options. 

Ketamine Infusions for Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) can affect anywhere from 10-20% of new mothers, and the standard treatment options often do not provide relief. Antidepressant medications such as SSRIs can cause undesirable side effects in the mother and pose a health risk to the baby when transferred through breast milk.

Alternative treatment options for PPD, such as Ketamine Infusion Therapy, offer rapid relief with very low risk to the baby due to the short half-life of ketamine and its advantageous safety profile. See more about the safety of breastfeeding after intravenous ketamine infusions here.

Please note that different routes of administration have different considerations, such as sublingual ketamine VS intramuscular ketamine, with IV ketamine being the safest and most efficacious. Decisions regarding a mother’s and baby’s health should be discussed carefully with a licensed physician. A growing body of clinical research about ketamine and PPD continues to validate this breakthrough approach to empowering families, thus reshaping postpartum wellness.

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“A new study shows a single injection of ketamine administered after childbirth helps reduce postnatal depression in new mothers.”
Nicklaus Walter/Stocksy United

See clinical research paper: Efficacy of a single low dose of esketamine after childbirth for mothers with symptoms of prenatal depression:
randomized clinical trial

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TMS for Postpartum Depression

TMS Therapy for postpartum depression is a very localized treatment that has the advantage of not affecting the whole body system like drug interventions. This makes it an ideal intervention for the treatment of PPD.

Magnetic waves stimulate nerve cells in the front left side of the head, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, through east application by a certified technician. The waves only penetrate as deep as the area the treatment device is applied to, and there is no known impact on breast milk or any other long-term side effects.

One study included six women with PPD who received 20 sessions of TMS over four weeks. The treatment showed a reduction in depression and anxiety scores, with four out of six patients achieving remission. No cognitive changes or breastfeeding disruptions were noted. The study supports TMS as a promising non-pharmacologic treatment for PPD.

To read the full study, see Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for treating postpartum depression

The Cornerstone of Care: Safety and Efficacy

The mother-baby bond is critical, and those growing their families deserve rapid relief from PPD in a safe, comfortable environment. Our center is a serene setting, accredited by Quad A for safety. Our team is the most experienced and compassionate in this field, and our treatments are advanced therapeutics that produce real results.

Extending the Reach of Relief

Our commitment to expanding access to our services includes contracting with ten of California’s largest health insurance plans. To reduce financial barriers to treatment, we offer multiple interest-free financing options, such as care credit. 

Healing Begins Here

Reclaim hope with the right support. Ketamine Clinics LA offers free consultations, so contact us today to start on your path to health. 

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