Men: hormones, sex and epilepsy

    Fast facts

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      Some types of epilepsy start during puberty (the time when your body changes from a child to an adult)
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      It’s very rare to have a seizure triggered by sex
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      Some epilepsy medicine can cause you to have less interest in sex
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      Seizures, especially if they start in a part of the brain called the temporal lobe, can affect testosterone levels
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      Testosterone is the male sex hormone. Some men with low testosterone levels have problems with their sex life, such as lack of interest in sex, problems with getting or keeping an erection, or reduced fertility
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      Some epilepsy medicines can reduce levels of testosterone in the body

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    Do you have any concerns about sex or hormones? If so, why not write them down and talk to your epilepsy nurse or doctor about them at your next appointment.

    More info

    There’s more info on the Epilepsy Action website about sex, men and epilepsy

    Sex, men and epilepsy

    Brook is a charity that offers free and confidential sexual health advice for under 25s

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    Updated 12 May 2020
    Review 12 May 2023
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