Worsened Episodes of Epileptic Seizures For Women With Periods

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Women have very complex biological processes especially when talking about the processes of menstruation. Certain changes in the women’s body and outlook can be observed when they are ovulating. According to researches, this is due to the various changes that are happening on the level of significant hormones of the females which include the estrogen and progesterone. These hormones go into series of rollercoaster events having a high and low level as the menstrual cycle continues. Also, certain bodily changes are being experienced by women who are undergoing the menstrual cycle such as bulging of the breasts, increasing temperature levels, and alteration in their mood. These observable changes are expected among women and should not be considered abnormal.

However, according to a new study which is scheduled to be presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society in Baltimore, researchers found out that those women with epilepsy can have worsened episodes of seizure during their menstrual cycle. The data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

The new study involves the analysis and examination of data gathered from about a group of women who belong to the childbearing age specifically 19 to 50 years. Researchers at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at the University of California, Irvine, investigated on the inclination of women who are having their menstrual cycle to seizure events. This type of seizure is medically known as catamenial seizure.

The researchers gathered data by allowing the study participants to answer questions from a questionnaire about the aggravation of their seizure at the time when they are having their menstruation. The responses of the study participants were used by the researchers in addition with the records of seizure events of these women through the use of monthly seizure calendars. Researchers also delve into the specific of their seizure events which include the frequency, type of seizure, and results of the neuroimaging of the study participants.

Moreover, researchers found out that partial epilepsy were diagnosed among two-thirds of the women with catamenial epilepsy. That is compare to the rest of the study participants who had primary generalized epilepsy. In addition, researchers also discovered that about 75 per cent of women with catamenial epilepsy had medically refractory seizures. This means that their epilepsy is defiant with the treatment.  Also, high percentage of women who had children with catamenial epilepsy reported frequent seizure attack during their pregnancy.





  1. Julie Herbers says:

    Those of us with seizures have suspected this for years; now what can we do about it?

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