If you are a woman who has epilepsy, there are some important things you should know before using birth control or planning a pregnancy.
Any birth control that is safe for women, in general, is safe for women with epilepsy. However, having epilepsy -- and some treatments for the condition -- can make some forms of birth control less effective. Also, because anti-seizure medications for epilepsy can increase the risk of birth defects, it's important to plan pregnancy carefully.
Epilepsy.com offers in-depth information for patients with epilepsy and their families. In addition to data on diagnosis and treatment, the website has tips on living with epilepsy, news, a resource library and information on epilepsy research.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health
PO Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
(800) 352-9424 www.ninds.nih.gov/
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is a part of the National Institutes of Health. NINDS conducts and supports research into neurological disorders (such as epilepsy). The NINDS website offers information on funding, clinical trials and the latest news on research and treatment of neurological illnesses.
Parents Against Childhood Epilepsy (PACE), Inc.
7 East 85th Street, Suite A3
New York, NY 10028
Phone: (212) 665-PACE (7223)
Fax: (212) 327-3075
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.paceusa.org
PACE was founded by parents of children who have epilepsy. The organization raises funds for research into epilepsy and offers information, seminars and support to families.
The Charlie Foundation to Help Cure Pediatric Epilepsy
1223 Wilshire Boulevard, #815
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (310) 395-6751
Fax: (310) 393-1978 www.charliefoundation.org
The Charlie Foundation provides information on the ketogenic diet treatment for epilepsy, including educational programs and training seminars for health care professionals, research support, and patient education materials (including books and videos).