This week on Seizing Life® we speak with Dr. Elizabeth Gerard about impacts, challenges, and concerns specific to women living with epilepsy. From puberty to menstruation, contraception, pregnancy, and menopause, Dr. Gerard provides information and insights on managing epilepsy as a woman through all stages of life.
Dr. Elizabeth Gerard is an epileptologist, Director of the Women with Epilepsy Program at Northwestern Medicine’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and a nationally recognized expert in the care of women with epilepsy. Our discussion with Dr. Gerard proceeds chronologically through all phases of a woman’s life and the issues that may arise related to epilepsy during each of those phases. Additionally, Dr. Gerard provides background on the research that has been done, is currently being done, and needs to be done to better understand the connections between women’s life cycles and epilepsy. If you are a woman living with epilepsy or have a wife or daughter living with epilepsy, we highly recommend this episode which is full of information, recommendations, and insights concerning women’s health and epilepsy.
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