Reduction of sexual activities in females taking antiepileptic drugs

Psychopathology. 1992;25(1):1-4. doi: 10.1159/000284746.


Studies of male or sexually unspecified populations have revealed loss of libido and decreased sexual function in patients with epilepsy taking antiepileptic drugs. The relative contributions of antiepileptic drugs, seizures, brain injury, and social factors have not been clearly delineated. We studied sexual activity in a group of females taking antiepileptic drugs, and defined a subgroup with pronounced hyposexuality.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anticonvulsants / adverse effects*
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
  • Epilepsy / drug therapy*
  • Epilepsy / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Libido*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / etiology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Anticonvulsants