Women with Epilepsy 2017-07-22T22:20:06+00:00

Women with Epilepsy

Women have a variety of different experiences resulting from epilepsy. Here you will find articles and information related directly to women and epilepsy, as well as forums to help you connect to other women sharing your experiences.

Epilepsy and Pregnancy

If you are a woman with epilepsy and are pregnant, or are thinking about becoming pregnant, please register by clicking here with the AED Pregnancy Registry.

The AED Pregnancy Registry is run by Massachusetts General Hospital. They conduct an ongoing study of the antiepileptic drugs (AED’s) that women take during pregnancy. The more information they can gather, the better they can determine what medications work best for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Catamenial Epilepsy

Catamenial epilepsy is a type of epilepsy women have dealt with for centuries. With catamenial epilepsy, seizures spike or increase during the time right before a monthly period, or during specific times in a woman’s monthly cycle. This is based on the fluctuation in women’s hormones before, during and after their period.

Keep a record of your monthly menstrual cycle, along with your seizures and share it with your neurologist at your next appointment. They may be able to guide you to helpful ways to manage seizures related to menstruation.

Empowering Epilepsy Support Groups with Yoga

Empowering Epilepsy Support Groups are run monthly to help people live well with epilepsy.  From 7:00 – 7:45, meet other people who understand epilepsy. Learn strategies to manage  seizures and make new friends. Then from 7:45 to 8:45 enjoy Empowering Epilepsy Yoga. Learn Pranayama breathing techniques to help reduce stress and minimize seizures. Food and drink will be provided, and the event is FREE. Contact us at leigh@empoweringepilepsy.org for more information.