Giving Birth Might Slow MS Progress - Belgian and Dutch Researchers

A recent research carried out by Belgian and Dutch researchers, detailed in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, has revealed that giving birth can effectively curb the progression of Multiple Sclerosis. The results are based on an extensive study conducted on 330 subjects for a period of 18 years.

The new results have come as an anti-thesis to previous studies which claimed that MS is actually worsened after the patients undergoes pregnancy. A long-term inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, MS interferes with the transfer of messages from the brain to the body.

For the sake of study, as many as 330 MS affected women were tracked and analyzed by researchers for a total of 18 years, and the data collected confirmed that out of the women considered, those who had children had managed to slow the developed of the condition. The women to be studied had all been referred to a special center and it was noted that they first had symptoms of the condition when they were between the ages of 22 to 38.

While 24% of the women had no children, 52% had given birth before the symptoms appeared, 18% had children after MS had affected them and 6% became mothers both before and after falling prey to MS. Further analysis of the data confirmed that in women who had children when they had already contracted MS, the condition progressed slower than others.

Overall, women who had given birth were 34% less likely to record a rapid progress of the disease.