Some people with epilepsy avoid birth control because they’re afraid it won't work for them. But you can find a birth control method that works with your epilepsy medication and prevents pregnancy. You can also find birth control that has benefits besides preventing pregnancy.
Yes, if you use the right combination of medication.
There are two different types of birth control: non-hormonal and hormonal.
This bar below gives a lot of information about your choices. It even shows how different birth control methods work with epilepsy medications. Talk to your doctor to find out more about the right combination of epilepsy medication and birth control for you.
This page gives information about your birth control choices. It even shows how different birth control methods work with epilepsy medications. Talk to your doctor to find out more about the right combination of epilepsy medication and birth control for you.
Hormonal birth control methods, like the pill, can do lots of things besides prevent pregnancy. The pill can reduce acne, help with painful periods, and help regulate periods. Some people even use the pill to help reduce seizures that occur around their periods. Talk to your doctor to find out more.
You could find the right combination of birth control and epilepsy medications on your first try. Or, you might have to try a few different combinations before finding the right one. When you’re trying a new combination, watch for signs that your epilepsy medication isn’t working well. These signs include changes in the number, length, or kind of seizures you usually have. If this happens, take an extra dose of your medication and talk to your doctor.
If your birth control didn’t work and you’re pregnant, you have options. You will need to think through the pros and cons of abortion, adoption, and parenting.
If you’re not ready to have a child, abortion is an option. Abortion is safe, common, and legal. The National Abortion Federation can give you information about abortion, and help you find out where to get an abortion and how to pay for it.
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