There are about 25 million women with epilepsy globally. About a third of them experience aggravation of epilepsy in and around their menstrual periods which is called catamenial epilepsy. This comprehensive guide covers the diverse biological, clinical and psychosocial problems of women with epilepsy and their effective management.
1 Gender difference in epidemiology and comorbidities of epilepsy Ettore Beghi Massimiliano Beghi 2 The Social and Psychological Impacts of Epilepsy Sanjeev. V. Thomas & Aparna Nair 3 The Menstrual Cycle Sex Hormones and Neuronal Excitability Doodipala Samba Reddy 4 Catamenial epilepsy Erik Tauboll, Line Sveberg Roste & Sigrid Svalheim 5 Impact of epilepsy and AEDs on reproductive health Gerhard Luef 6 Contraception and epilepsy Anne Davis & Kathleen Morrell 7 Diagnostic challenges with seizures in pregnancy Sanjeev V. Thomas 8 Seizure control during pregnancy Anne Sabers 9 Effect of pregnancy on AED kinetics Peter Forgacs & Page Pennell 10 Fetal and maternal risks with seizures Vilho Hiilesmaa & Kari Teramo 11 Obstetrical outcome and complications of pregnancy Ingrid Borthen & Nils E. Gilhus 12 Mechanisms of teratogenic effects of AEDs Lynsey E. Bruce, Ana M. Palacios, Bogdan J. Wlodarczyk & Richard H. Finnell 13 Major congenital malformations Dina Battino & Torbjorn Tomson 14 Fetal AED syndromes Usha Kini 15 Postnatal cognitive development Evan Gedzelman & Kim Meador 16 Management of postpartum period and lactation Autumn Klein 17 Management of epilepsy and pregnancy Sanjeev V. Thomas, Torbjorn Tomson & Cynthia Harden 18 Perimenopause and Menopause Cynthia Harden 19 Bone health Alison Pack