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Can You Take Birth Control If You Have Epilepsy?

Learn about the best birth control options for women with epilepsy from Steve Wolf, MD and Patty McGoldrick, NP in this Howcast video.

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So there is an increased risk of seizures occurring around women's ovulation and their menstruation. At the same time people need to be put on birth control of some form so that they are minimizing the risk of pregnancy and the risk to the fetus. Now, birth control is safe, with epilepsy and with the anti-epileptic medications, but certain kinds are safer than others. So it's important to have a conversation with the practitioners taking care of you for your epilepsy as well as the ob/gyn doctors that are prescribing the birth control pills about wich medications are the best mix for your anit-siezure medications and your birth control. So birth control pills that are the least likely to interfere with the epilepsy medications are the ones that have high progestin and low estrogen. The other forms of contraceptions that are useful are the depro prevera, which is the injection, IUDs are perfectly safe, people should always be using condoms, and there are a variety of things that they can use without using birth control pills. So it's important to have a conversation. The ob/gyn should also be having a conversation with the person who is managing your epilepsy care.

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