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What will you do if you want to use natural family planning while you have epilepsy?

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Some anti-seizure drugs for epilepsy can make hormonal birth control work not as well. You may think that natural family planning methods may be an option. In general, they work by tracking your menstrual cycle. But epilepsy can make your monthly periods irregular. That would make natural family planning a very unreliable way to prevent a pregnancy.

From: Birth Control for Women With Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Epilepsy Foundation, Women and Epilepsy Initiative, "Birth Control for Women with Epilepsy. French, Jacqueline, MD, professor of neurology, New York University Langone Medical Center; co-director of Epilepsy Research and Epilepsy Clinical Trials at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Morrell, M. and Montouris, G., , February 2004. Penovich, P. et al., , February 2004. Yerby, Mark, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor of Neurology, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University; founder, North Pacific Epilepsy Research, Portland, Oregon. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.  





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SOURCES: Epilepsy Foundation, Women and Epilepsy Initiative, "Birth Control for Women with Epilepsy. French, Jacqueline, MD, professor of neurology, New York University Langone Medical Center; co-director of Epilepsy Research and Epilepsy Clinical Trials at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Morrell, M. and Montouris, G., , February 2004. Penovich, P. et al., , February 2004. Yerby, Mark, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor of Neurology, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University; founder, North Pacific Epilepsy Research, Portland, Oregon. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.  





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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 4, 2019

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