If you take zonisamide
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)
- Contraceptive implant
- Contraceptive patch
- 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
Unplanned (emergency) contraception
The unplanned (emergency) contraception that may work for you include:
- The morning-after pill
- Levonorgestrel (Levonelle)
- Ulipristal acetate (EllaOne)
- The coil
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