In the News: Gender Differences in Multiple Sclerosis

edited msAccording to a WebMD article written by Ilene Raymond Rush, multiple sclerosis, or MS, affects women ages 20-40 two to three times more than men. Dr. Thomas Leist M.D., Director of the Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital also explains why MS symptoms can be more severe in women than men.

According to Dr. Leist, ovulation and menstrual cycles can temporarily worsen MS symptoms. If this happens, women can feel fatigue, depression, imbalance and weakness. Also, before and during a period, a woman’s body temperature can rise, and heat is known to worsen MS. These symptoms usually go away within 24 hours.


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