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What is MS and How Does it Affect Women?

What is MS and How Does it Affect Women?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is generally considered an autoimmune condition that affects the brain and spinal cord of the central nervous system. Both men and women are affected by MS, however, women are affected more often than men. The body’s immune cells attack the nervous system which can occur in the brain, spinal cord, or optic nerves.

Muscle Symptoms

  • muscle spasms
  • numbness
  • balance problems
  • lack of coordination
  • difficulty moving limbs
  • trouble walking
  • weakness or tremor in one or both arms or legs

Symptoms Specific to Women

  • Women have increased MS symptoms during their periods possibly because of a drop in estrogen levels during that time.
  • MS does not have an effect on fertility, which means that MS won’t keep you from getting pregnant or giving birth to a healthy child.
  • For most women, MS symptoms stabilize or improve during pregnancy, especially during their second and third trimesters but relapse is common post delivery.
  • Some research has found that in some women, MS symptoms get worse after menopause. Much like with menstrual symptoms, this may occur due to a drop in estrogen levels caused by menopause.

As women we are disproportionately affected when it comes to several diseases. It is extremely important that you take care of yourself and make sure you keep yourself healthy, Beautiful! Check in with your physician regularly. To learn more, please follow Black Girl Health on Instagram and our blog. If you would like to be a vendor the Black Girl Health Kickstart Expo, visit our website. Tickets are now on sale for the Black Girl Health Kickstart Health & Wellness Expo, visit here to purchase.

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Dominique Bynum
Health and Wellness Contributor

Dominique is a writer who has a passion for fitness, health, beauty and more. She loves researching these things in order to live a better lifestyle and is excited to help you live one too!

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