Sex, women and epilepsy

These pages are about women and epilepsy in the UK. If you are looking for information about women and epilepsy in another country, please contact your local epilepsy organisation

Will having epilepsy affect my sex life?

Most women with epilepsy can have a healthy sex life.

Seizures during sex

Some women say they worry about having a seizure during sex. If you do notice an increase in seizures relating to sex, it’s worth talking to your doctor.

Sexual problems

Any woman can have problems with sex from time to time. These can include problems getting aroused, having an orgasm, or having little interest in sex.

These are some common causes of sexual problems that can affect anyone:

  • Stress
  • Illness
  • Tiredness
  • Alcohol

If you have epilepsy and are having sexual problems these could also be related to your epilepsy medicine, or the way your seizures affect your hormones.

It’s worth talking to your GP if you have any concerns about your sex life. They can look for physical or other causes for your problems. Depending on what they find, they may be able to refer you for treatment or talking therapies, such as counselling or cognitive behaviour therapy.

More information about counselling and cognitive therapy is available from the NHS website.

Download this information with references.

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B017.07

Epilepsy Action would like to thank Dr Janine Winterbottom, advanced nurse specialist in epilepsy at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, for her contribution to this information.

Dr Janine Winterbottom has declared no conflict of interest.

This information has been produced under the terms of Epilepsy Action's information quality standards.

  • Updated July 2020
    To be reviewed July 2023

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