Thursday, June 23, 2016
Family Planning and Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is often diagnosed in young adults during their prime reproductive years. So pregnancy and parenthood are common concerns for many people living with multiple sclerosis. Contrary to what physicians thought decades ago, pregnancy does not make multiple sclerosis worse. With so many treatment options, family planning is an important part of disease management for men and women with MS.
Multiple sclerosis has no significant impact on the ability to conceive, on the development of the fetus, or the mother’s ability to carry to term. MS doesn’t seem to increase the risk of spontaneous abortions, stillbirth, cesarean delivery, premature birth, or birth defects. However, a recent study suggests that MS patients may have decreased ovarian reserve, a term used to describe the ovary’s capacity to produce egg cells that can be fertilized.
A recent study of men with MS who fathered children found that paternal MS had no impact on birth weight or premature birth. Researchers also determined that factors such as disease duration and disability did not impact birth outcomes. Data regarding semen quality is limited, but one study reports lower total sperm counts, reduced sperm motility, and increased percentage of abnormally formed sperm in men with MS.
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Family Planning in the Modern Day of MS