Women and Epilepsy

Women with epilepsy must cope with a unique set of problems. Changing levels of hormones during menstruation and pregnancy can increase your risk of having a seizure. Your menstrual cycle may be irregular, and you may have trouble becoming pregnant. Women with epilepsy also must face increased risk to their own health and to their baby’s health during pregnancy.

Epilepsy research has not included women of childbearing age. Clinicians have had to prescribe treatment options based on research from a different patient population.

Today pregnant women with epilepsy are encouraged to take part in pregnancy registries to provide important information on how to care for pregnant women with epilepsy. Research efforts are helping women with epilepsy achieve safe, healthy pregnancies. Among these efforts, Dr. Yerby has helped define the effects of antiepileptic drugs on pregnancy. He devotes much of his work today to helping women gain control of their seizures before and during pregnancy.

To learn more about our services for women, contact Dr. Mark Yerby’s office, 503-291-5300. Learn more about women’s hormones and epilepsy