Contraception for Women

Of all the individuals diagnosed with epilepsy in Ireland about 25% or 10,000 are women of childbearing potential. In today's society choice is of vital importance for women, especially those affected by epilepsy. This leaflet intends to explain the various methods of contraception available to women with epilepsy.


Women with epilepsy can choose from the standard methods of contraception. The exact choice should depend on the individual's needs but particular attention will need to be paid to some methods more than others.

The Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (COCP)

There is no evidence to suggest that taking the pill adversely affects epilepsy. » read more


Other forms of contraception

The Progesterone Only Pill (Mini Pill) This method of contraception is not recommended as it is less effective, particularly if enzyme-inducing anti-epileptic drugs are being taken. » read more

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