Sexual behavior of a sample of females with epilepsy

Epilepsia. 1991 Jan-Feb;32(1):82-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1157.1991.tb05616.x.


A sample of 700 female epileptic outpatients was examined between 1985 and 1987. The incidence of psychosexual disorders was 18%. Epileptic females with psychosexual disorders were compared with epileptic females without sexual disorders and with normal female controls on selected clinical and EEG parameters. Epileptic females with sexual disorders showed: lower marriage rates, a longer duration of illness, sexually colored prodromata, predominance of partial complex seizures (83%) and a higher incidence of menstrual abnormalities. Hyposexuality and exhibitionism were the psychosexual disorders most frequently noted. Temporal lobe EEG abnormalities were significantly higher.

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Electroencephalography
  • Epilepsy / complications
  • Epilepsy / psychology*
  • Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / complications
  • Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Marriage
  • Sex Factors
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / complications
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / diagnosis
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / epidemiology*