|English: Hormone levels during the menstrual cycle: Estradiol, progesterone Modified from Image:MenstrualCycle.PNG (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
- Every woman should track their seizures in relation to all possible triggers, for example lack of sleep, missed medicines, use of alcohol or other drugs, or changes in hormonal states. If patterns are noticed, talk to your health care provider about what can be done. Are there lifestyle factors, changes in medicine schedules, or other changes that can be made to help seizure control?
- Girls and women of menstruating age should continue to track seizures and their menses. If they notice a significant clustering of seizures around menses, make sure to talk about it with the health care provider treating the seizures. If you haven’t tracked your seizures yet or don’t know how, visit My Epilepsy Diary and get started! You can easily track your menses, mood, seizures and other triggers using this online diary.
- Getting more information about your seizures, health and hormonal issues may help you and your providers decide whether progesterone treatment would be worthwhile. Making this decision is just like deciding on any other treatment – do your homework first to learn more about your body, your treatment options, the side effects of treatments, as well as the risks or problems of uncontrolled seizures.
- Don’t give up! Use the information you’ve learned to keep asking questions and look at new treatments or other therapies. Hopefully research on hormonal therapies like Progesterone will continue and give help for women with hormone sensitive seizures.
Resource Specialist, epilepsy.com
Last Reviewed: 8/1/2012