Epilepsy in Women

Basic Information on Epilepsy in Women

Epilepsy in Women

Epilepsy is more common in men than women, but not significantly so:

  • 1 in 21 men has a risk of developing epilepsy in their lifetime, versus 1 in 28 women.

Why the gender gap?

  • Perhaps there is higher trauma-related epilepsy in men.
  • There may be more focal epilepsy in men than women in age categories >20 years.
  • Hormone levels are subject to change throughout a woman's life.
  • This may affect when her epilepsy starts, how often her seizures happen, and if and when she stops having seizures.