Epilepsy and Women's Reproductive Health: The Importance of Family Planning (audio)
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
In this podcast, Elizabeth Gerard, MD, and Catherine Stika, MD, will highlight why family planning is particularly important to female epilepsy patients. They will discuss pregnancy and contraception in women with epilepsy.
Topics include the effect of seizure medication on fetal development, drug-drug interactions affecting efficacy of contraceptive medications and seizure medications, as well as hormonal management of epilepsy and changes in drug levels during pregnancy.
Elizabeth Gerard, MD, is an epileptologist on the medical staff of Northwestern Memorial and assistant professor of Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Catherine Stika, MD, is an obstetrician and gynecologist with training in clinical pharmacology on the medical staff of Northwestern Memorial and associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.