The aim of this information is to explain how different methods of contraception may be affected by epilepsy or interact with epilepsy medicines. It is advisable to discuss this information with your own family doctor or staff at your local family planning clinic.
If you have epilepsy, it is important to find a method of contraception that works for you. This would mean you have the chance to plan every pregnancy. This is because you have a slightly higher risk of complications during pregnancy than someone who doesn’t have epilepsy. If you plan your pregnancy carefully, with advice from your epilepsy specialist or epilepsy specialist nurse, this risk may be lowered.
More information about planning a pregnancy is available from Epilepsy Action.
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Epilepsy Action would like to thank Dr Margaret Jackson, Consultant Neurologist at Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, UK and Janine Winterbottom, Epilepsy Specialist Nurse at The Walton Centre, Liverpool, UK for their contribution to this information.
Dr Margaret Jackson and Janine Winterbottom have no conflict of interest to declare.
This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.
Updated July 2012To be reviewed July 2014