If you take lamotrigine
Types of contraception that may work for you
All barrier methods may work for you. These include:
- The coil
The hormonal contraception that may work for you include:
- Combined oral contraceptive pill (the Pill) - but see box below
- Contraceptive patch - but see box below
- Contraceptive implant
- Depo-Provera contraceptive injection – but see box below
- Mirena coil
- Noristerat contraceptive injection
- Projestogen-only pill (the mini pill) - but see box below
- Vaginal ring - but see box below
Unplanned (emergency) contraception
The unplanned (emergency) contraception that may work for you include:
- The morning-after pill
- Levonorgestrel (Levonelle)
- Ulipristal acetate (EllaOne)
- The coil
Combined oral contraceptive pill (the Pill), contraceptive patch, and vaginal ring
Lamotrigine may make the Pill, contraceptive patches and vaginal rings work less well. This would make you more at risk of an unplanned pregnancy. For this reason, your doctor might advise you to use condoms as well, until they can be sure that the Pill, patch or ring would prevent you from getting pregnant. They can check if you are at risk of getting pregnant by giving you blood tests at certain times of the month. The blood tests show if you have stopped ovulating (releasing an egg) This means that you shouldn’t get pregnant. Or, the doctor may advise you to change to a different type of contraception.
Depo-Provera contraception injection
If you are considering using Depo-Provera injections, it’s advisable to seek advice about osteoporosis from your doctor.
More information about epilepsy and osteoporosis.
Progestogen-only pill (the mini pill)
Types of contraception that are not recommended for you
Natural birth control
All types of natural birth control are not recommended.
Epilepsy Action would like to thank Beth Irwin, Epilepsy Nurse/Midwife at the UK Epilepsy and Pregnancy Register, Belfast, for her contribution to this information.
Beth Irwin has no conflict of interest to declare.
This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.
- Updated October 2015To be reviewed October 2018