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Reproductive Health

Below is a list of citations of research articles published in peer-reviewed biomedical journals relevant to the topic on this page. There are two types of citations:

  1. Citations for review, summary, and scientific/clinical hypothesis papers that summarize and analyze the yoga research in this specific area; these are the best resource for becoming familiar with the literature;
  2. Citations of individual study publications that are notable from a historical, scientific, mechanistic, clinical, sociological, epidemiological, philosophical, and/or policy aspect.

Links for many of these citations will take you to the full-text of the publication. Otherwise, in the case of publications copyrighted by the journal, links will take you to abstracts of the publications, and you then can acquire the full text articles by purchasing them directly from the journal, by obtaining free access through a medical library that subscribes to the journal, or by directly requesting them from the corresponding author via email.

Review Papers

Review Papers

A meta-analysis of the effectiveness of yoga-based interventions for maternal depression during pregnancy.
Ng QX, Venkatanarayanan N, Loke W, Yeo WS, Lim DY, Chan HW, Sim WS.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2019 Feb;34:8-12.
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Yoga and Quality of Life in Women with Primary Dysmenorrhea: A Systematic Review.
McGovern CE, Cheung C.
J Midwifery Womens Health. 2018 Jul;63(4):470-482.
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Yoga for menopausal symptoms-A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Cramer H, Peng W, Lauche R.
Maturitas. 2018 Mar;109:13-25.
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Yoga Can Improve Assisted Reproduction Technology Outcomes in Couples With Infertility.
Darbandi S, Darbandi M, Khorram Khorshid HR, Sadeghi MR.
Altern Ther Health Med. 2017 Nov 7.
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Yoga for treatment of urinary incontinence in women.
Wieland LS, Shrestha N, Lassi ZS, Panda S, Chiaramonte D, Skoetz N.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017;5. pii: CD012668.
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Improving vasomotor symptoms; psychological symptoms; and health-related quality of life in peri- or post-menopausal women through yoga: An umbrella systematic review and meta-analysis.
Shepherd-Banigan M, Goldstein KM, Coeytaux RR, McDuffie JR, Goode AP, Kosinski AS, Van Noord MG, Befus D, Adam S, Masilamani V, Nagi A, Williams JW Jr.
Complement Ther Med. 2017 Oct;34:156-164.
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Psychological effects of yoga nidra in women with menstrual disorders: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials.
Kim SD.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2017 Aug;28:4-8.
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The Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Interventions on Maternal Perinatal Mental Health Outcomes: a Systematic Review.
Shi Z, MacBeth A.
Mindfulness (N Y). 2017;8(4):823-847.
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The Effect of Yoga on Menstrual Disorders: A Systematic Review.
Oates J.
J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Jun;23(6):407-417.
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Physical Activity and Yoga-Based Approaches for Pregnancy-Related Low Back and Pelvic Pain.
Kinser PA, Pauli J, Jallo N, Shall M, Karst K, Hoekstra M, Starkweather A.
J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 May - Jun;46(3):334-346.
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Mind-body interventions for vasomotor symptoms in healthy menopausal women and breast cancer survivors. A systematic review.
Stefanopoulou E, Grunfeld EA.
J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2017 Sep;38(3):210-225.
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Yoga in Pregnancy.
Babbar S, Shyken J.
Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Sep;59(3):600-12.
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Efficacy, Feasibility, and Acceptability of Perinatal Yoga on Women's Mental Health and Well-Being: A Systematic Literature Review.
Sheffield KM, Woods-Giscombé CL.
J Holist Nurs. 2016 Mar;34(1):64-79.
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Yoga interventions in pregnancy: a qualitative review.
Sharma M, Branscum P.
J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Apr;21(4):208-16.
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Yoga for prenatal depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Gong H, Ni C, Shen X, Wu T, Jiang C.
BMC Psychiatry. 2015 Feb 5;15:14.
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Effects of yoga intervention during pregnancy: a review for current status.
Jiang Q, Wu Z, Zhou L, Dunlop J, Chen P.
Am J Perinatol. 2015 May;32(6):503-14.
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Yoga: a biobehavioral approach to reduce symptom distress in women with urge urinary incontinence.
Tenfelde S, Janusek LW.
J Altern Complement Med. 2014 Oct;20(10):737-42.
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Effects of mind-body therapies on symptom clusters during the menopausal transition.
Woods NF, Mitchell ES, Schnall JG, Cray L, Ismail R, Taylor-Swanson L, Thomas A.
Climacteric. 2014 Feb;17(1):10-22.
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Notable Publications

Notable Publications

Yoga positively affected depression and blood pressure in women with premenstrual syndrome in a randomized controlled clinical trial.
Ghaffarilaleh G, Ghaffarilaleh V, Sanamno Z, Kamalifard M.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2019 Feb;34:87-92.
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Effects of prenatal yoga on women's stress and immune function across pregnancy: A randomized controlled trial.
Chen PJ, Yang L, Chou CC, Li CC, Chang YC, Liaw JJ.
Complement Ther Med. 2017 Apr;31:109-117.
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The effect of prenatal Hatha yoga on affect, cortisol and depressive symptoms.
Bershadsky S, Trumpfheller L, Kimble HB, Pipaloff D, Yim IS.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 May;20(2):106-13.
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Effect of yoga on autonomic functions and psychological status during both phases of menstrual cycle in young healthy females.
Kanojia S, Sharma VK, Gandhi A, Kapoor R, Kukreja A, Subramanian SK.
J Clin Diagn Res. 2013 Oct;7(10):2133-9.
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Effects of a holistic yoga program on endocrine parameters in adolescents with polycystic ovarian syndrome: a randomized controlled trial.
Nidhi R, Padmalatha V, Nagarathna R, Amritanshu R.
J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Feb;19(2):153-60.
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Yoga and massage therapy reduce prenatal depression and prematurity.
Field T, Diego M, Hernandez-Reif M, Medina L, Delgado J, Hernandez A.
J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2012 Apr;16(2):204-9.
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