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Women's Issues in Epilepsy

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Ann Intern Med. 1998;128(8):703. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-128-8-199804150-00040
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The special health concerns of women who have epilepsy represent an emerging area of scientific investigation and were the subject of several presentations at the American Epilepsy Society meeting. Cynthia L. Harden, MD, of the Cornell Medical Center in New York, reported survey results that suggested that menopausal women using synthetic estrogen-replacement therapy may have an increase in seizure frequency (Epilepsia. 1997; 38[Suppl 8]:133). She said that research is needed to evaluate which hormone regimens are safest for women who have epilepsy, for example, adding a natural progesterone that might mitigate the epileptogenic effect of synthetic estrogens.



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