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Comparatively little has been written specifically for men with epilepsy, but this is not because epilepsy affects men any less than it does women. In fact, the numbers of those affected by epilepsy are largely viewed as equal between genders although some studies have reported that slightly more men have epilepsy than women.

For men with epilepsy, a wide range of issues exist, although these vary depending on age, seizure type and severity, and with overall health and lifestyle circumstances and include libido, fertility, bone density, and depression.

An important aspect of the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona’s role in advocating for those with epilepsy, we are committed to addressing the unique health concerns of men with epilepsy.


Key Information for Men with Epilepsy


Epilepsy and Hormonal Effects

April 26, 2014 | Epilepsy Arizona Epilepsy is associated with hormonal changes. For instance, experts estimate that approximately 40 percent of men with epilepsy (MWE) have low levels of testosterone, the hormone that stimulates the development of male sex organs, sexual traits and sperm. Read More

Sexuality and Antiepileptic Drugs

April 26, 2014 | Epilepsy Arizona The use of AEDs may result in one or more of the following adverse impacts on sexuality: Read More


April 26, 2014 | Epilepsy Arizona Several recent studies document that men with epilepsy (MWE) experience lowered libido. The following scientific data support this statement. One study found that between 50 percent and 70 percent of all MWE report decreased sexual function and/or libido. Read More

Reproduction and Fertility

April 26, 2014 | Epilepsy Arizona Epilepsy does have an impact on reproductive function and fertility. Statistically, men with epilepsy (MWE) have a disproportionately high risk of reproductive dysfunction, which manifests as diminished potency and abnormal sperm characteristics and can decrease fertility. Read More

Bone Density and Epilepsy

April 26, 2014 | Epilepsy Arizona 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


April 26, 2014 | Epilepsy Arizona As a man with epilepsy, your offspring are at a slightly higher risk than the general population for developing this disorder. Recent studies show that offspring of men with epilepsy (MWE) have a 2.4 percent risk of developing it, as opposed to the general population, whose risk is estimated at 1 percent. Read More


April 26, 2014 | Epilepsy Arizona There is no evidence that epilepsy per se causes low self-esteem. However, recent research suggests that people with epilepsy sometimes have difficulty forming relationships with others, possibly due to neurological damage to the temporal lobe. Read More