Health Center - Brain and Nervous System

Brain and nervous system problems can affect one's central command system, potentially impairing memory and the ability to perform daily activities. Learning to live with or supporting someone with a neurological condition is challenging. We're here to help. Learn about the symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment of these disorders.

Epilepsy and Women's Health

Epilepsy and Women's Health - woman smilingAs women with epilepsy near midlife, they face unique but manageable issues related to changes in their bodies and lives. These can range from increased life stresses associated with personal responsibilities to decisions about whether or not to have children to the early onset of menopause.

At this stage in life, you may already know that epilepsy affects and is affected by your reproductive life. For example, sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone, which fluctuate during the menstrual cycle, can influence seizure frequency. Some women with epilepsy experience specific seizure patterns with their menstrual cycles, a condition known as catamenial epilepsy.