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Birth Control for Women with Epilepsy

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All available birth control methods can be used by persons with epilepsy. These include: Barriers: diaphragms, spermicidal vaginal creams, intrauterine devices (IUDs) and condoms; Hormonal contraception: birth control pills, hormone implants, or hormone injections. Read More

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Epilepsy and Sexual Relations

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Sexual relationships are a normal part of healthy living. Three things lead to sexual activity: first there is desire – wanting to have sex with a partner. When that feeling is strong, there is arousal – the physical feeling that you “need” to have sex. Read More

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Pregnancy and Epilepsy Medication

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Studies which are being conducted in the area of pregnancy and epilepsy have helped to establish some guidelines for women with epilepsy. Many questions remain unanswered, however, and this is why continued research is so important. Read More

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Health Issues After Your Baby is Born

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After your baby is born, your hormones change and medication levels in your bloodstream tend to rise, increasing the possibility of side effects. These factors may make it necessary for your physician to check medication blood levels more frequently in the first few months after delivery. Read More

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Bone Density and Epilepsy

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For both men and women who have epilepsy, there is an increased risk of bone disease due to certain medications that have been linked to reduced bone health. These include Dilantin, Tegretol, Phenobarbital and Depakote. Read More

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Menopause and Epilepsy

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Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her ovaries stop working, her menstrual periods stop and the level of sex hormones in her body decreases. We know that because hormones have an effect on brain function, seizure patterns may change in some women as they go through menopause. Read More

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Special Concerns for Teenage Girls

April 26, 2014 | By |

Puberty is the time when your body changes and you grow from a child into an adult. You get taller and weigh more, and you start to grow breasts and body hair. Some of these physical changes happen quickly and the dose of seizure medicine that worked before is not enough for your new body size. Read More

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Medication

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Most epilepsy medicines are taken by mouth. The doctor’s choice of which drug to prescribe depends on what kind of seizure a person is having. People react to medicines in different ways. Some experience side effects, others may not. Read More

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Vagus Nerve Stimulation

April 26, 2014 | By |

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a type of treatment in which short bursts of electrical energy are directed into the brain via the vagus nerve, a large nerve in the neck. The energy comes from a battery, about the size of a silver dollar, which is surgically implanted under the skin, usually on the chest. Read More

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Surgery

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When antiepileptic drugs fail to control or reduce seizures, surgery on the brain may be considered. Although some of the techniques are recent, surgical removal of seizure-producing areas of the brain has been an accepted form of treatment for more than 50 years. Read More