Women and girls and epilepsy
Some issues around epilepsy and its treatment are specific to women and girls and do not apply in the same way to men. These include links between epilepsy and hormones, puberty, contraception, pregnancy, osteoporosis, and the menopause.
Changes in hormone levels means that epilepsy treatment may need to change through a woman’s life. In this section, when we refer to women, this also includes girls of childbearing age.
Some methods of contraception may be less effective in preventing pregnancy for women taking certain anti-seizure medication (ASM). This is because some ASMs affect how well methods of contraception work.
Information about the risk of seizures and pain relief available for women with epilepsy during childbirth.
Taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may increase the risk of seizures for some women with epilepsy.
Epilepsy and taking anti-seizure medication (ASM) may contribute to the risk of developing osteoporosis for some people.
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