Women - do hormone changes throughout the month affect your seizure threshold?

Women - do hormone changes throughout the month affect your seizure threshold?

If so, which part of the month? Have you had any form of treatment to control hormones? Birth control?

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Yes!!! estrogine is a proconvulsant and Projestragine is an anti convulsant. And your estrogine levels go up, and progesterone levels go down. So your window for likelihood for a seizure becomes much greater! Many women (myself included) take low dose hormone treatment to level out their hormones a bit. Ya know, to avoid having seizures. But menstral cycles can definitely effect seizures. Take it from me. Lol.

That being said, that's not the case for everyone. After all, everyone is different. Every brain is different. And everyone's body chemistry is different.

posted over 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

My seizures increase around the time of my period every time. Like clock work.

posted over 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

That's interesting. Have you heard of or researched catamenial epilepsy? From what I've seen online, Dr. Alan Jacobs has great information. He is a neuroendocrinologist in New York. I can't afford to travel there or make an appointment with him on the phone because he does not take insurance over the phone. Otherwise, I would do it in a heartbeat! He has articles saying that progesterone calms brain activity, while estrogen excites it. Here is one of his blog posts describing catamenial epilepsy:

http://blog.alanjacobsmd.com/alan-jacobs-mds-bl...

posted over 4 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I always have my seizure before and after my Menstrual cycle. I tale depo shot( birth control) it slows or takes away the hormones.

posted 4 months ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

That is what a lot of doctors do because if you have to much of that medication in your blood stream, your system has become immune to that certain medication to let it work properly. With me the medications were only doing the job partially and then getting me toxic or having allergic reactions to them. That is why I had the brain surgeries.

posted about 4 years ago
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