Women and Epilepsy

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant...

Click here to go to the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry.  These folks have info about epilepsy medications and pregnancy- and you can register for the world's largest study about women and epilepsy medications- helping make pregnancy safer for all women who have seizures. 

Epilepsy affects both men and women, but the health, treatment, and impact of having epilepsy will vary depending on gender.

For example...

  • Hormonal changes in women may vary throughout life, as well as during monthly menstrual cycles, and may affect seizure control.
  • Seizures may start, stop or change at times of puberty, pregnancy or menopause.
  • Some women may have reproductive problems or concerns around menopause that need careful evaluation and treatment by their epilepsy and women's health providers.
  • The overwhelming majority of women with epilepsy have healthy babies. But women's care during pregnancy needs special consideration to ensure healthy mothers and babies.
  • Some seizure medications have a greater risk of birth defects in the child when the mother takes the medicine during pregnancy. Advance planning before pregnancy can help women get on the best medication before pregnancy.
  • Being a mother with epilepsy often raises unique challenges. Being informed and finding the right parenting skills and resources is a must for any mother.
  • Hormones, seizures and epilepsy can affect bone health too!

Check out the Women and Epilepsy section of the national Epilepsy Foundation website for lots of great information.

Source: Epilepsy Foundation and the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry.  Aug. 2017