Specific Populations


Epilepsy is not a "one size fits all" problem. Epilepsy, or recurring seizures, may be more frequent among some groups of people, for reasons we don't fully understand yet. Causes of epilepsy may vary in different parts of the world or among different population groups. Our understanding of epilepsy also affects how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and integrated into society.


About one million women and girls are living with epilepsy. Females living with epilepsy have special considerations for managing their health, including puberty, fertility, and pregnancy.

Learn how epilepsy affects women


Men living with epilepsy have some unique challenges. These challenges may include fatherhood, sexual dysfunction, and self-esteem.

Learn more about men and epilepsy

Older Adults

Older adults are more likely to develop epilepsy. There are several risk factors of epilepsy that are more common for older adults. These include strokes, injuries from falls, and brain diseases like Alzheimer's.

Learn about older adults and epilepsy