This study aimed to determine reproductive practices and attitudes of
North Americans diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and the reasons
for their reproductive decision making
self-administered questionnaire on reproductive practices was mailed to
13,312 registrants of the North American Research Committee on Multiple
Sclerosis (NARCOMS) database who met inclusion criteria for the study.
Completed questionnaires were then returned to the authors in an
anonymous format for analysis.
Results: Among 5949
participants, the majority of respondents (79.1%) did not become
pregnant following diagnosis of MS. Of these, 34.5% cited MS-related
reasons for this decision. The most common MS-related reasons were
symptoms interfering with parenting (71.2%), followed by concerns of
burdening partner (50.7%) and of children inheriting MS (34.7%). The
most common reason unrelated to MS for not having children was that they
already have a "completed family" (55.6%). Of the 20.9% of participants
who decided to become pregnant (or father a pregnancy) following a
diagnosis of MS, 49.5% had two or more pregnancies.
study indicates that an MS diagnosis does not completely deter the
consideration of childbearing in MS patients of both genders
study indicates that being diagnosed with MS influences your decision
about having a baby. I wonder if this would be the same rate in the UK
or other countries where there is socialised medicine?