Last year I was invited to attend a small meeting on MS and its impact on pregnancy and having children. As you are aware MS affects mainly women during their child bearing years and as a result has an impact on pregnancy, family planning and decisions about starting, or extending, your family. Most of the data we have on the impact of MS on pregnancy and having children predates the current era of active treatment and the newer generation of DMTs. We realised that we need to update ourselves about the issues in relation to MS and its impact on pregnancy and decisions about starting or extending a family. Before we start a large study we need to do some qualitative research to help scope out what the issues are. If you live in the UK you may be interested in participating in one of the initial focus groups. Please note these groups are voluntary and are not classified as medical research.
Study: Understanding the Impact of Multiple Sclerosis on Pregnancy and Having Children
- Aged between 18 and 40
- Diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) in the last five years
- Thinking about starting a family in the near future, or had a child/been pregnant, or decided against having children
If so, we are looking for people to participate in a research project aimed at understanding the impact of MS on pregnancy and having children. The results from this research would be used to help raise awareness and support for people with MS with children or who would like to start a family.
CoI: This project is being funded by Teva UK Limited.