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Women: Here's why you need to learn to manage your epilepsy better

by , 27 November 2013

If you suffer from epilepsy, news that scientists can completely cure it with a cell transplant is great timing. But you don't have to wait for this new form of treatment to be released to manage your epilepsy better- especially as news that epilepsy leads to a number of reproductive health issues in women also comes to light.

Struggling to manage your epilepsy?

Soon, it could take just a single cell transplant in the brain to get it under control.

This after UCSF researchers announced they’ve been able to cure epilepsy in adult mice by making this single brain cell transplant, says GizMag.

It works by inhibiting the nerve-signalling firestorm that results in an epileptic seizure when many excitatory nerve cells in the brain fire at the same time.

But you don’t have to wait for this treatment to become available to humans to manage your epilepsy better.

And it’s not just about taking your epilepsy medication.

One reason to take care of your overall health if you suffer from epilepsy…

You can better manage your epilepsy by taking better care of your overall health.

The reason?

“Going through a stressful time at work or having treatment for another health problem may affect your epilepsy or how your medication works,” says Live Beyond Epilepsy.

But many women who live with epilepsy don’t realise that epilepsy’s also associated with many reproductive health issues.

Five reproductive health issues liked to epilepsy in women…

For example, some women experience changes in their seizure patterns at times of hormonal fluctuations such as puberty, ovulation, the beginning of menstruation, pregnancy and even at menopause, says Health Women.

That’s because epileptic seizures disrupt regions of the brain that regulate reproductive hormones.

So women who have seizures also are more likely to have reproductive problems such as polycystic ovarian disease, early menopause and irregular ovulation leading to infertility.

Added to this, certain antiepileptic medications (make hormonal birth control like oral contraceptives less effective in preventing pregnancy if you suffer from epilepsy, says Health Women.

So make sure you’ve discussed these reproductive health issues with your doctor to ensure your overall health doesn’t suffer if you have epilepsy.

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