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of everyone affected by 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

Women and epilepsy   

Different types of contraception and how they work alongside epilepsy medicines

Periods and your menstrual cycle

The menopause
Epilepsy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy

Bone health

Sex, women and epilepsy

Sources of further advice and information

Epilepsy and having a baby                                  

Planning a baby
Pre-conception counselling, folic acid, epilepsy medicines and birth problems

Getting pregnant
Epilepsy and getting pregnant

During pregnancy
Epilepsy medicines, seizures, scans and tests during pregnancy

Giving birth
Seizures when you are in labour, pain relief, Vitamin K

After the birth
Breastfeeding, seizures, caring for your baby when you have epilepsy, post-natal depression

If you would like to see this information with references, visit the Advice and Information references section of our website. If you are unable to access the internet, please contact our Epilepsy Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 5050.

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We can provide references and information on the source material we use to write our epilepsy advice and information pages. Please contact our Epilepsy Helpline by email at helpline@epilepsy.org.uk.



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  • Updated August 2014
    To be reviewed August 2017

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