Can I have a baby with epilepsy?

How much should my baby drink?

Can epilepsy medication affect fertility?

Epilepsy and certain anti-epileptic drugs may also cause problems with fertility in men, including lower testosterone levels and lower sperm count. People who are experiencing problems with fertility should speak to their doctor, as treatments are available.

Can you have a natural birth with epilepsy?

Most women with epilepsy will have a vaginal delivery, without complications. If you are considered to be at risk of having seizures during delivery or the following 24 hours, you will be advised to give birth in a consultant-led maternity unit.

Can epilepsy cause birth defects?

In women with epilepsy treated with seizure medications, the risk of birth defects is increased to 6.1% on average, based on currently available data. The most common malformations associated with exposure to seizure medications in utero are cardiac (heart) malformations.

Is it hard to get pregnant with epilepsy?

Getting Pregnant With Epilepsy

It’s possible that having epilepsy may make it more difficult for you to get pregnant. Women with epilepsy have fewer children than women in general. Their fertility rate is between 25% and 33% lower than average.

Does epilepsy go away?

While many forms of epilepsy require lifelong treatment to control the seizures, for some people the seizures eventually go away. The odds of becoming seizure-free are not as good for adults or for children with severe epilepsy syndromes, but it is possible that seizures may decrease or even stop over time.

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What is the life expectancy of a person with epilepsy?

Reduction in life expectancy can be up to 2 years for people with a diagnosis of idiopathic/cryptogenic epilepsy, and the reduction can be up to 10 years in people with symptomatic epilepsy. Reductions in life expectancy are highest at the time of diagnosis and diminish with time.

Does epilepsy affect sperm?

Yes, epilepsy does have an impact on reproductive function and fertility. Statistically, men with epilepsy (MWE) have a disproportionately high risk of reproductive dysfunction, which manifests as diminished potency and abnormal sperm characteristics and can decrease fertility.

Can I marry a girl with epilepsy?

There is no reason why an epileptic person cannot get married and have children and lead a normal life. However, correct diagnosis is required as there are several kinds of epileptic seizures. Proper medication and precautions need to be taken though.

Can epilepsy be detected before birth?

There have been some reports on the prenatal diagnosis of seizure-like fetal movement detected by real time ultrasonography or by the pregnant mother (2, 3). In most of these cases, the seizure activity presented as obvious, rapid myoclonic jerking of the fetal extremities (2, 3).

Can you breastfeed if you have epilepsy?

Conclusion: Most AEDs are considered safe or moderately safe during breastfeeding. Mothers with epilepsy should be encouraged to breastfeed, provided careful monitoring of the infant.