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Epilepsy charity highlights women's issues

11 December, 2000

A booklet, drawing attention to the impact of epilepsy on women, has been launched by British Epilepsy Association.

Called 'Epilepsy Mine', it features a collection of personal accounts from women of all ages on the treatment that they have received from the medical profession. The booklet, which can be read online, aims to encourage doctors to recognise women with epilepsy as a distinct patient group with their own particular needs and treatment considerations.

Although 'best practice' guidelines for women with epilepsy do exist, 27 per cent of GPs recently polled said that their approach to treating women with newly diagnosed epilepsy did not differ from their approach to men.

Professor David Chadwick, consultant neurologist at the University of Liverpool, who has written a foreword to the booklet, commented:

"What Epilepsy Mine demonstrates so well is that living with epilepsy and all the uncertainty that seizures bring is hard for anyone, but for a woman, the condition and its treatment present additional challenges. Issues such as effects of epilepsy and its treatment on fertility, contraception and pregnancy are clearly of great significance and concern to women.

"We hope Epilepsy Mine will remind doctors to take this into consideration and work with their female patients to manage their condition in a way that suits them as an individual, now and in the future."