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Can women's hormones affect epilepsy?

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Two primary sex hormones flow through women's bodies: estrogen and progesterone. Some women with epilepsy have more seizures when their hormones are changing. For example, some young women have their first seizures at puberty. Other women have more seizures around the time of their menstrual periods. This doesn't happen to all women, so doctors are still learning about how hormones and epilepsy interact.

From: Epilepsy and Your Changing Hormones WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 21, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 01/21/2017

SOURCES: Epilepsy Foundation, Women and Epilepsy Initiative, "Hormones and Epilepsy," Menopause and Epilepsy." Mark Yerby, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor of neurology, public health & preventive medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon; founder, North Pacific Epilepsy Research, Portland, Oregon.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 21, 2017

SOURCES: Epilepsy Foundation, Women and Epilepsy Initiative, "Hormones and Epilepsy," Menopause and Epilepsy." Mark Yerby, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor of neurology, public health & preventive medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon; founder, North Pacific Epilepsy Research, Portland, Oregon.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 21, 2017

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