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Does having epilepsy lower a woman's chance of getting pregnant?

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It's possible that having epilepsy may make it more difficult for you to get pregnant. Their fertility rate is between 25% and 33% lower than average. Women with epielpsy :

  • Have higher rates of some conditions that can cause infertility.
  • Are more likely to have irregular menstrual cycles, which can make it more difficult to get pregnant.
  • Are more likely to have menstrual cycles that do not produce an egg.
  • Some antiseizure drugs may affect the hormone levels in your ovaries.
  • Are more likely to have abnormalities in hormones involved in pregnancy.

From: Women, Pregnancy, and Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation, Women and Epilepsy Initiative: "Pregnancy Issues."

Jacqueline French, MD, professor of neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center; co-director, Epilepsy Research and Epilepsy Clinical Trials, NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. 

Goetz, C. , Saunders, 2003.  Textbook of Clinical Neurology, 2nd ed.

Morrell M. , Oct. 15, 2002.  American Family Physician

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.

Pennell, P. , April 2018. JAMA Neurology

Gedzelman, E.  April 2012. .

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 07, 2018

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation, Women and Epilepsy Initiative: "Pregnancy Issues."

Jacqueline French, MD, professor of neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center; co-director, Epilepsy Research and Epilepsy Clinical Trials, NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. 

Goetz, C. , Saunders, 2003.  Textbook of Clinical Neurology, 2nd ed.

Morrell M. , Oct. 15, 2002.  American Family Physician

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.

Pennell, P. , April 2018. JAMA Neurology

Gedzelman, E.  April 2012. .

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 07, 2018

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