Epilepsy in Women

Paperback | February 1, 2009

byTim Betts, Harriet Clarke

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Women with epilepsy have different needs to men with epilepsy, especially at various stages in their life cycle. Epilepsy and its treatment can affect or compromise the menstrual cycle, contraception, fertility and pregnancy, child development in the womb, child care and the menopause.Conversely the menstrual cycle, contraception, pregnancy and the menopause can all affect epilepsy and its management. Epilepsy in Women: The Facts adopts the female perspective and describes in detail the special problems that epilepsy can cause. It offers information and practical advice on the symptoms, diagnosis and management of the different types of epilepsy, providing an invaluable resource that will empowerwomen with the knowledge that they need to take control of their health and to cope with their condition. The book contains numerous case histories, which provide surprising insights into the experiences of women with epilepsy, and 'Myths' and 'Facts' boxes which help the reader sort the valuableinformation from the misleading.

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Women with epilepsy have different needs to men with epilepsy, especially at various stages in their life cycle. Epilepsy and its treatment can affect or compromise the menstrual cycle, contraception, fertility and pregnancy, child development in the womb, child care and the menopause.Conversely the menstrual cycle, contraception, preg...

Tim Betts studied at the Birmingham University Medical School, graduating in 1963 with the Foxwell Prize in Clinical Medicine. He spent some time as a Tutorial Scholar in the University of Minnesota before becoming Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry in the University of Birmingham. For many years, he was the clinician in charge of the Birm...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.02 inPublished:February 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199548838

ISBN - 13:9780199548835

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Part One1. What is epilepsy?2. The physical causes and emotional triggers of epilepsy3. How epilepsy is diagnosed - or should be4. So, if it isn't epilepsy, what is it?5. The risks of seizures6. The management of epilepsy7. The drugs in use: Pros and cons8. Other treatments, other problemsPart Two: Being a woman, having epilepsy9. Being a woman - having epilepsy10. Epilepsy and sexuality11. Contraception, epilepsy and epilepsy treatment12. Epilepsy and fertility13. Pre-conception counselling14. Pregnancy15. Labour, birth and the immediate aftermath16. Childcare17. The premenopause, the perimenopause, and the menopause18. The older woman19. Being a woman, having epilepsy: Harriet's storyAppendix 1 Drugs for epilepsyAppendix 2 Where else to find help and information