Friday October 20th 2017

Pregnancy, sex and hormonal factors in multiple sclerosis

Background: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is influenced by pregnancy, sex and hormonal factors. Objectives: A comprehensive understanding of the role of pregnancy, sex and hormonal factors can provide insights into disease mechanisms, and new therapeutic developments and can provide improved patient care and treatment. Methods: Based on an international conference of experts and a comprehensive PubMed search for publications on these areas in MS, we provide a review of what is known about the impact of these factors on disease demographics, etiology, pathophysiology and clinical course and outcomes. Results and conclusions: Recommendations are provided for counseling and management of people with MS before conception, during pregnancy and after delivery. The use of disease-modifying and sympt…

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Pregnancy, sex and hormonal factors in multiple sclerosis

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