Announcing Two New Web Pages—From Parenthood to Birth Control and More!

Are you a parent who has IH or narcolepsy, or are you thinking of becoming one? Do your hypersomnia medications interact with your hormonal birth control or hormone replacement therapy? Are you a healthcare provider caring for people with hypersomnias? If so, then check out our two new web pages, which cover these topics and more. The content is fully vetted by our Medical Advisory Board of hypersomnia experts as well as by OB/GYNs and lactation consultants.

Birth Control, Menstruation & Menopause:
Considerations for People Who Have Hypersomnias

What do you do if you’re on hormonal birth control (or hormone replacement therapy) and you also take (or want to take) armodafinil, modafinil, or pitolisant? What if you need to take emergency contraception? These medications have complex interactions. Do you have iron deficiency anemia from heavy menses contributing to your fatigue? If so, continuous hormonal therapy can help.

These important topics are all covered on our new web page, where both patients and healthcare providers can learn about the specific needs of people with hypersomnias when considering birth control, hormone replacement, and menstruation. If you are a patient, we recommend that you send the link to this web page to your doctor in advance of your appointment to give them time to review the information. Find our page in the alphabetical list of Resources on our website’s main dropdown menu.

Parenting & Pregnancy:
Considerations for People Who Have Hypersomnias

How much help will you need with infant care? How likely are you to transmit your IH or narcolepsy to your children? What else should you consider before trying to conceive? Worried about work accommodations & medical/parental leave; medication management during conception, pregnancy, and nursing/pumping? Should you see a maternal-fetal medicine specialist? Will you benefit from a lactation consultant?

These important topics are all covered on our new web page, where both patients and healthcare providers can learn about the specific needs of people with hypersomnias when considering parenting and pregnancy. If you are a patient considering parenthood, we recommend that you send the link to this web page to your doctor in advance of your appointment to give them time to review the information. Find our page in the alphabetical list of Resources on our website’s main dropdown menu.

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