Women with epilepsy: Clinically relevant issues

Santosh Bangar, Abhishek Shastri, Hany El-Sayeh, Andrea E. Cavanna*

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Abstract

Women with epilepsy (WWE) face specific challenges throughout their lifespan due to the effects of seizures and antiepileptic drugs on hormonal function, potentially affecting both sexual and reproductive health. This review article addresses the most common issues of practical relevance to clinicians treating WWE: epidemiology and clinical presentations (including catamenial epilepsy), contraception, reproductive and sexual dysfunction, pregnancy, lactation, menopause-related issues (including bone health), and mental health aspects. Awareness of these gender-specific issues and implementation/adaptation of effective interventions for WWE results in significantly improved health-related quality of life in this patient population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-134
Number of pages8
JournalFunctional Neurology
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2016

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Keywords

  • Antiepileptic drugs
  • Contraception
  • Epilepsy
  • Gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Seizures
  • Women

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Bangar, S., Shastri, A., El-Sayeh, H., & Cavanna, A. E. (2016). Women with epilepsy: Clinically relevant issues. Functional Neurology, 31(3), 127-134. https://doi.org/10.11138/FNeur/2016.31.3.127