Contraception for Women with Epilepsy

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Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Michael D. O'Brien, Guy's Hospital, St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RT, U.K. E-mail: obrmd@btinternet.com

Abstract

Summary:  Antiepileptic drugs that induce hepatic enzyme activity may alter the metabolism of most hormonal methods of contraception, and this affects the contraceptive regime. This effect should be considered in the choice of both the treatment of the epilepsy and the choice of contraceptive method. This review considers these interactions and offers advice about their management.

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