Do Epileptic Seizures Worsen During PMS?

Holy Hormones Journal: What we need are more studies to show that vaccination, medication, surgeries of any kind will prompt more severe reactions during the paramenstrum (premenstrual and menstrual phase) than at other times of the cycle. We know that women get more depressed and anxious – I know – I am not sure if you know that alcohol and drugs affect women more during the paramenstrum than at other times of the cycle. Why? Because hormone levels drop, immunity decreases as the body prepares to release the uterine lining.

What used to be a gentle upward and downward cycle is now like climbing MT Everest and when you reach the summit (ovulation) you free fall down the other side (paramenstrum). Right? You all know this you have experienced. Once you become aware of this shift then you can work on prevention. As in the case study below on epilepsy.

The article was posted on a site called ‘Living with Epilepsy’ – but why aren’t we recognizing this as ‘Living with the Menstrual Cycle’? Believe me if more women did this – they would have fewer problems going into menopause… and fewer issues with aging.

Any woman with a medical issue or depression needs to be aware of the cyclical nature of their symptoms and work on prevention.  Mothers of vaccine-injured daughters also need to be aware of this.

Further evidence: Menstrual cycle ‘affects seizure frequency in women with epilepsy’

Posted Apr 9 2015 in Living with epilepsy new US study has provided further evidence of the impact that the menstrual cycle can have on seizure patterns among women with epilepsy.

The purpose of this research, led by the Harvard Neuroendocrine Unit, was to determine whether seizure frequency and cycle days with seizure occurrence vary across the menstrual cycle.

A total of 100 women with intractable focal onset seizures between the ages of 13 and 45 years were involved in the study, with each subject recording seizures and menstrual patterns during a three-month baseline phase.

It was found that seizure numbers and cycle days with seizure occurrence varied across the menstrual cycle, with an approximately twofold difference between the highest and lowest values for both seizure frequency and days with occurrence.

The researchers concluded: “The demonstration of variation in seizure frequency and cycle days with seizure occurrence across the menstrual cycle, as well as identification of specific days that have substantially higher or lower frequencies than other days, supports the existence of catamenial epilepsy.”

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Distribution of seizures across the menstrual cycle in women with epilepsy



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

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