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Patient awareness about family planning represents a major knowledge gap

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Prof. Marie D’Hooghe, National MS Center, Belgium
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ECTRIMS 2019

For patients with MS, family planning is important. According to the definition of the WHO, family planning allows individuals and couples to anticipate and attain their desired number of children, and the spacing and timing of births. Family planning is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and treatment of involuntary infertility. “It is good to consider that”, Prof. Marie D’Hooghe (National MS Center, Belgium) said. “However, family planning is planning the future. How can we plan the future, if someone is diagnosed with MS?”

Reproductive decisions

When people are diagnosed with MS, it comes with a great deal of uncertainty, Prof. D’Hooghe emphasised. “They don’t know what is going to happen. They have to redefine their personal identity and modify their lifestyle (e.g. smoking and diet). Furthermore, they have to consider MS treatment and take into account factors such as way of administration, side effects, complication...



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