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I've heard of a woman with m.s. becoming pregnant and all symptoms of m.s. disappeared while she was pregnant. Can you explain? Also, is any research being done on things such as this?

Question Date: 8/28/2012

Answer: Pregnancy is typically associated with a relative quieting of MS, especially in the second and third trimesters. This is an area of significant research with an estrogen called estriol appearing to play a large role. There are ongoing research projects looking at the use of estriol in treating MS. The 6 months after the baby is associated with a slightly higher risk of a relapse. Overall, the effect of pregnancy and delivery on a woman's MS may be slightly protective.

Answer Date: 8/28/2012


Dr. Ben Thrower


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