Quick Study: Women and Epilepsy

NOVEMBER 7th – 28th | MONDAYS 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST |

Women with epilepsy present with unique management challenges/treatment needs throughout their lifetime which may be linked to hormonal changes associated with the menstrual cycle (or puberty), pregnancy, and menopause. Learn about the implications that the various phases of a woman’s life may have on seizure disorders and treatment plans.


This Quick Study series is facilitated by the University Health Network (UHN).


  • Discuss the interaction between oral contraceptives and AED
  • Discuss how the hormonal fluctuations prior to and during menstruation can impact seizure frequency
  • Describe the rates of teratogenicity for various AEDs
  • Recognize and describe caregiver safety concerns such as breastfeeding and caring for young children
  • Recognize special considerations for prescribing AED and reproduction
  • Explore the implications of epilepsy during menopause

Didactics & Recordings

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Clinical Leads

Dr. Esther Bui, MD, FRCPC

Medical Lead, University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital