WEPOD and MONEAD studies
The purpose of this study is to help researchers see if it is more difficult for a women with epilepsy to become pregnant than a women without epilepsy. How easily a woman becomes pregnant is called her fertility. There are many things that affect fertility in women with epilepsy, such as their antiepileptic drug (AED), the number of seizures they have, and their hormone levels. Researchers do not yet know which of these things may affect fertility in women with epilepsy.
Eligible participants for this study are women between the ages of 18 and 40 years old who have a diagnosis of epilepsy and are planning on becoming pregnant. Participants must either not be using any form of birth control, or are planning on stopping birth control in the near future.Participation in this study will last the entire duration of the participantís pregnancy, and involves interviews, brief physical and neurological exams, blood draws and completion of self-report diaries. Participants will receive a 4th generation iPod Touch and up to $200.00 upon completion of the study.