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Pregnancy may delay onset of MS

Pregnancy may delay the onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms by more than three years, a study has found.

Researchers from the Monash University in Australia worked with a global database of more than 70,000 MS patients to look at whether pregnancy can delay the onset of MS. The condition is often diagnosed in females in their 20s and 30s – although it can develop at any age.

Published in the JAMA Neurology journal, the study found that women who have been pregnant were diagnosed with their first symptom of MS an average of 3.3 years later than women who had not been pregnant.

Researchers say this may help with a greater understanding of the triggers of MS and the possibility of using hormone therapy to delay symptoms.

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