Family planning

There may be more questions related to family planning when you have epilepsy. It is good to discuss family planning and your care plan with a neurologist soon after your diagnosis. This is how your own plans are based with the best knowledge.

You should also discuss contraception with your doctor. If you are considering hormonal contraception, you should tell your doctor about your epilepsy and medication. If needed, the doctor will consult a neurologist.

It is advisable to plan pregnancy in advance before ending contraception. There are risks in pregnancy if you have epilepsy, although most pregnancies go well without problems and children stay healthy.

With a neurologist, you will figure out how epilepsy and the medication would have least risks during pregnancy and childbirth, and what medication is safe. You will not stop taking medication for epilepsy during pregnancy.