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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 about 5 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

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

posted about 5 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 about 5 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I use depo shot it is a birth control shot every 2or 3 months. It is for the hormones.it works.

posted 11 months 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 12 months ago
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