Women and MS

Women are two and a half times more likely to get MS than men. MS has different implications for women, in terms of periods, the menopause and having children.

What are the symptoms of MS in women?

The symptoms of MS in women are the same as they can be in men. They can include:

MS symptoms vary for both women and men and they can change over time.

But MS can affect women in particular ways. For example, symptoms might change around their monthly period and with hormone changes. And managing the menopause could help with MS symptoms. MS doesn’t seem to affect fertility, but women with multiple sclerosis might have extra things to consider when having a baby or planning to get pregnant.

Read more about pregnancy and fertility

Sometimes, MS symptoms might affect sex and relationships for women and men. And women and men with MS might make different contraception choices. For example, because MS symptoms affect what’s easy to use. Or if certain disease modifying therapies (DMTs) could affect a developing baby in the womb.