Research: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment in Kansas City During Pregnancy

Pregnant women can get transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment in Kansas City. TMS for treatment-resistant depression utilizes electromagnetic pulses to produce electrical current in certain areas of the brain that are responsible for controlling your mood.

An alternative therapy, if effective, it can treat expectant mothers suffering from depressive symptoms. At the 12th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry held in Athens, Greece in 2015, revealed TMS therapy as a possible alternate for women who develop depressive during pregnancy.

The Findings of the Research

The research included pregnant women with a gestation period of 14 to 34 weeks who were suffering from a major depressive disorder or MDD. Researchers treated 12 women with active TMS and 10 women with placebo TMS.

Researchers administered 20 sessions of right-sided TMS treatment to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in women part of active and placebo TMS. The results indicated that:

  • 9 of the 12 pregnant women who received the active TMS therapy treatment responded positively to it at the end of the 20 sessions in comparison to the 5 of 10 pregnant women who received the placebo TMS therapy treatment.
  • According to the researchers, the high placebo rate may be due to them using a TENS machine to administer the TMS treatment. A TENS machine delivers a low-level electrical stimulation, which offers minimal benefits to the person receiving it.

Women with a history of treatment-resistant depression may want to discuss this alternative treatment option with a medical professional, who is trained and experienced in administering TMS therapy in Kansas City during pregnancy.

Unlike antidepressant medications, transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment does not enter your bloodstream, and for this reason, it does not have any known or probable side effects on a fetus or a child nursing.

You can search “transcranial magnetic stimulation near me” in Kansas City if you are suffering from depression during your pregnancy.