Multiple Sclerosis Experts Offer Guidelines on Contraceptive Use Among Women with MS

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Multiple Sclerosis Experts Offer Guidelines on Contraceptive Use Among Women with MS

Women with multiple sclerosis should be able to use oral contraceptives.

Two studies that recently appeared in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal shed light on how contraceptive use may affect women with MS, as well as how the disease might affect the safety and effectiveness of birth-control medications.

Relapsing MS patients treated with older drugs such as interferons and Copaxone (glatiramer acetate) have a lower risk of relapse if they previously used oral contraceptives, found one study, “Oral contraceptives and MS disease activity in a contemporary real-world cohort,” which used data from the Comprehensive Longitudinal Investigation of Multiple Sclerosis at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Researchers recruited 162 women with relapsing disease, of which half were treated with interferons and half with Copaxone. They divided women into previous, current and never-users of oral contraceptives.

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