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How does epilepsy affect ovulation?

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Women with epilepsy have more anovulatory cycles than other women do. Some doctors think that as many as 40% of menstrual cycles in women with epilepsy do not release an egg. It depends on the woman, and it is not always the same every month. Some months a woman will release an egg, and some months she will not. In general, though, women with epilepsy do not ovulate as regularly as women without epilepsy.

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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