People with epilepsy who believe in a genetic cause have fewer children than their unaffected biological relatives

Takeaway

  • People with epilepsy have fewer children than their unaffected biological relatives.

Why this matters

    Beliefs about the genetic causes of epilepsy can cause affected individuals to limit their number of offspring or avoid reproducing altogether. These concerns should be addressed in genetic counseling by informing affected individuals about the true risks for epilepsy in their offspring and providing genetic testing and reproductive options as appropriate.