Epilepsy in China: Factors influencing Marriage Status and fertility

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder characterized by recurrent seizures affecting various aspects of social life [1,2]. It is generally agreed that patients with epilepsy (PWE) are less likely to get married and bear offspring [3–6]. Lower marriage rates and reduced fertility within marriage may be associated with sociological and clinical characteristics of epilepsy [5,7,8]. PWE have lower rates of marriage when disease onset in their first decade of life [3,5]. Carran et al. found that patients with temporal lobe epilepsy have higher marriage rates than those with extratemporal lobe epilepsy [5].