By: Researcher Taymur
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune condition that affects the central nervous system’s brain and spinal cord. More often than not, the disease affects women than men.
Women may be up to three times more likely than men to get MS, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The disease may also cause women-specific symptoms. But most of the same MS signs are experienced by men and women.
The symptoms of MS that affect women mainly appear to be related to hormone levels.
Some researchers think a role may be played by having lower testosterone levels. Others believe that female hormone fluctuations may be a factor.
In order to determine the true causes of these symptom differences, further research is needed.
Men’s menstrual complications, pregnancy-related symptoms and menopause issues are the major symptoms that affect women more than men.
Research has shown that during their periods, some women have increased symptoms of MS. This may be due to a drop-in level of estrogen during that time.
For study participants, the symptoms that worsened included weakness, imbalance, depression, and fatigue.
Among women with MS, some good news: research has found that MS has no effect on fertility. Which ensures you don’t get pregnant and give birth to a healthy child with MS.
MS symptoms stabilize or improve during pregnancy, particularly during the second and third trimesters, in even better news for most women. Nonetheless, returning after shipment is normal for them.
Some research found that symptoms of MS worsen after menopause in some women. This may be due to a drop-in estrogen levels induced by menopause, as with menstrual symptoms.
Studies have shown that, for postmenopausal women, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) helps to ease these symptoms.
HRT was also associated with increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and stroke, however. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about whether HRT might help you manage your MS symptoms after menopause.
MS effects are usually the same for both men and women. But for everyone, the signs differ depending on the location and extent of inflammation-induced nerve damage.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of MS.
- Facing many muscle problems
- Having bowel and bladder changes
- Trouble with speech and swallowing
- Effects on the brain and nerves
Although women are at higher risk of developing MS than men, the majority of the MS symptoms encountered by both genders are the same. Hormone levels appear to affect the main differences in MS symptoms.
Yet regardless of the effects of your MS, there are steps you can take to help you manage your symptoms and feel better. These include maintaining a proper diet, exercising, avoiding smoking or excessive drinking, and using long-term MS medication therapies.
Consult with your doctor to direct changes in lifestyle and medications that can help you manage your MS symptoms and feel better.
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