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Neuropsychiatria i Neuropsychologia/Neuropsychiatry and Neuropsychology
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Multiple sclerosis from the aspect of relationship, marriage and having children

Emilia Justyna Hercuń
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Instytut Zdrowia Medicall w Piotrkowie Trybunalskim
Neuropsychiatria i Neuropsychologia 2020; 15, 3–4: 125–132
Online publish date: 2020/12/08
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ultiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. Due to the symptoms appearing at a young age, the chronic nature of the disease and a significant risk of progressing neurological disability, MS has a potentially serious impact on patients’ lives, career goals or plans to have a family and children.

A diagnosis of MS presents a challenge not only for a patient, but also for their partner. MS often changes the partner’s life in many spheres because of increasing motor disability and sexual dysfunctions occurring in the course of the disease. Studies show a higher risk of divorce for men with MS.

Planning a family and having children is another key aspect for both MS patients and their partners, influenced strongly by the diagnosis and course of the disease. Uncertainty about disease progression and related disability may increase doubts about fulfilling parental responsibilities. This might be accompanied by fear that the disease will occur in the offspring. Women may also worry about discontinuation of treatment, especially while trying for a baby, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

The research quoted in the article illustrates patients’ lack of knowledge of the impact of MS, including treatment, on having children. Talking to patients and presenting them with reliable, scientifically based information may enable them to make more conscious decisions regarding family planning.
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