What We Know About Fertility & Epilepsy

People with epilepsy are just as likely to get pregnant as people who don’t have epilepsy. The anti-seizure medication (ASM) you take for your epilepsy also shouldn’t affect your ability to get pregnant. If you are having trouble getting pregnant, you may need help, just like people without epilepsy.

Common Questions About Fertility & Epilepsy

Consult With Your Doctor

Start working with your epilepsy care team as early as possible when you decide you want to try to get pregnant. Your care team will help you plan a safe pregnancy for you and your baby. They can also refer you to fertility specialists if you have trouble conceiving. Visit our Planning Your Pregnancy page for more information.

Consult with your epilepsy care team about any concerns you have about your fertility or fertility treatments. Download our Pregnancy Planning With Epilepsy - Questions to Ask Your Doctors, and bring a copy to your appointments to help guide your conversations and get the answers you need.

Reviewed by: Laura Kirkpatrick, MD, September 2023

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