Pregnancy rates are rising among women with MS



Historically, women with MS were discouraged from having children.1 This outlook has shifted with accumulating evidence suggesting that pregnancy does not negatively affect the course of MS.1 Today, women with MS are usually encouraged to have children if they wish. 


This growing confidence appears to have translated into a real-world effect. According to a large sample of US administrative claims data, the adjusted pregnancy rate among women with MS increased from 7.91% to 9.47% between 2006 and 2014. By contrast, pregnancy rates in women without MS decreased from 8.83% to 7.75% in the same time period (see figure).2


Pregnancy rates in women with and without MS in 2006 and 2014*

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