There is a lot to know about epilepsy. If you are a woman, there's even more to consider, ranging from the impact of hormones on seizures, choosing seizure medications, birth control, pregnancy, parenting, menopause, bone health, and more.

women at NWE

Whether you're new to epilepsy or have known about it for years, the more information you have the stronger you'll be. Browse this section for women and make a list of your concerns and questions.

Then talk to your health care team about what epilepsy means for you, as a female, at your age and hormonal state. Remember, as your body changes and you go through different life stages, you will have other concerns and information needs!

Information is only the start.

You need to use the information to help you get the care you need. Print out the checklist in this section to help you work with your health care team about issues unique to you as a woman with epilepsy.

Webinar Recording: "A Focus on Health for Women and Girls with Epilepsy"

Moderated by Elaine Kiriakopoulos MD, MSc, guest speaker Kristine Ziemba MD, PhD, discussed

  • Hormonal changes that can impact epilepsy from puberty through menopause
  • Speaking with your doctor about contraception and family planning
  • Special considerations before, during and after pregnancy and for breast feeding
  • Bone health and general health (nutrition, exercise)

Watch the June 26, 2019 Webinar

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Epilepsy Foundation Communications
Friday, July 26, 2019