How often do women use non-drug treatment methods for psychiatric symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum periods?

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Hilal Uslu Yuvaci *
Esra Yazici
Ahmet Bulent Yazici
Serhan Cevrioglu
(*) Corresponding Author:
Hilal Uslu Yuvaci | hilaly@sakarya.edu.tr

Abstract

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.


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