Women with epilepsy
This feature discusses the impact of epilepsy and its treatment on women in the childbearing years. Areas covered include contraception, labour, pregnancy and lactation and the impact anti-epileptic drugs may have on a developing foetus and baby. The discussion is led by Associate Professor Cecilie Lander from the University of Queensland.
Questions asked in the video
- Introduction 0:00
- What contraceptive advice does one give to women taking anti-epileptic drugs? 0:35
- Which drugs have the best safety profile for use in pregnancy? 2:14
- Key points when managing women with epilepsy who are pregnant 6:32
- What advice would you give to women taking anti-epileptic drugs who are considering breastfeeding? 9:51
Resources for practitioners
- Adab, N., Tudur Smith, C., Vinten Jacqui , Williamson, P. R., & Winterbottom, J. B. Common antiepileptic drugs in pregnancy in women with epilepsy. The Cochrane Collaboration.
- Winterbottom, J. B., Smyth, R., Jacoby, A., & Baker, G. A. (2009). Preconception counselling for women with epilepsy to reduce adverse pregnancy outcome. The Cochrane Collaboration, 4.
Resources or patients and families
- Epilepsy Action Australia Fact Sheets (www.epilepsy.org.au)
- My Epilepsy Diary – online seizure record and medication reminder
- When you have Epilepsy – For people who have been recently diagnosed Booklet
- Seizure First Aid – A4 poster
- Epilepsy 360̊ Magazine