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
Women and epilepsy
• Periods (the menstrual cycle)
• Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
• Seizures and your menstrual cycle
• Sex life
• Planning a baby
• Bone health
• The menopause
• Hormone replacement therapy
• Sources of further advice and information
Epilepsy and having a baby
- Epilepsy, periods and fertility
- Planning a baby
- Giving birth
- After the birth
- Inheriting epilepsy
- Post-natal depression
- Sources of support in the UK
- How you can help Epilepsy Action
- Pregnancy diaries: personal stories
This information was written by Epilepsy Action’s advice and information team with guidance and input from people living with epilepsy and medical experts.
Epilepsy affects around 275,000 women in the UK. As a woman with epilepsy, you might have some questions. Does epilepsy affect my periods? Which type of contraception can I use? Can I take HRT? The aim of this information is to answer these questions and more.
If you have any further questions about anything to do with epilepsy, you could speak to an adviser on the Epilepsy Helpline, freephone 0808 800 5050. You could also contact your family doctor, epilepsy specialist, or epilepsy specialist nurse.
If you would like to see this information with references, visit the Advice and Information references section of our website. See Women with epilepsy.
Epilepsy Action wishes to thank Professor Pamela Crawford, York District Hospital, UK for reviewing this information.
This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.
Updated August 2013To be reviewed August 2015