What Causes Depression in Women?

Research has shown that depression in women is caused by a combination of hormonal and genetic factors, along with several other potential risk factors, including:

  • Family history of depression
  • Loss of a parent before the age of 10
  • History of abuse
  • Use of oral contraceptives
  • Certain infertility treatments
  • Stress
  • Lack of social support

Along with the aforementioned risk factors, several other conditions contribute to depression. These include:

  • Hormones – During pregnancy, menopause and menstruation, hormonal changes cause some women to become depressed.
  • Genetics – Women who have a family history of mental illness or depression may be at risk.
  • Stress – Prolonged feelings of stress can increase a woman’s risk for depression.