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Multiple Sclerosis and Women’s Health: Dispelling Myths and Improving Care

Author(s)/Faculty: Patricia K. Coyle, MD, FAAN; Anne H. Cross, MD; Fred D. Lublin, MD
Release Date: 1/23/2015Expiration Date: 1/22/2016
Credit Type: CMENumber of Credits: 0
Content Type: MultimediaProvider:
Multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, leads to various degrees of neurological symptoms and disability. Given the nature of this disease in women, it is important to address appropriate preventative gynecological care. Since women with MS are often diagnosed and treated during their reproductive years, family-planning considerations are another vital aspect of MS care in this patient population. Contraception, conception, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and sexual dysfunction present many vexing questions to the woman with MS. It is critical for neurologists to discuss gynecological care, as well as risks and benefits of disease-modifying therapies during the various stages of their reproductive life, providing patients with sound, nonjudgmental information and advice so that they make a well-informed, autonomous decision about their health and their disease. In this program, leading neurologists will discuss the prevalence of MS in women, and the relevance of appropriate preventative gynecological care in this patient population; evaluate the effects of MS and its treatment on contraception, conception, pregnancy, breastfeeding, sexual dysfunction, and other gender-specific issues; as well as identify strategies to improve communication with patients.