Pregnancy rates are rising among women with MS
Historically, women with MS were discouraged from having children . This outlook has shifted with accumulating evidence suggesting that pregnancy does not negatively affect the course of MS . 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) .
Pregnancy rates in women with or without MS in 2006 and 2014*