Heather from the MS community: We’ve had a lot of questions around concerns about having children. Is MS a barrier to parenthood?
Dr Ruth Dobson, Consultant Neurologist: So absolutely not. MS is not a barrier to parenthood. I think one really important thing to say is that actually MS doesn’t affect your fertility at all, whether you’re male or female. So actually if you don’t want children then it’s really important to be using contraception. If the time is right for you to be thinking about conceiving or fathering a child, then MS does mean that maybe you need to plan things a bit more, to make sure that you’ve had a discussion with your neurologist about your treatment and making sure that it’s safe for you to be pregnant, but there’s no reason that you shouldn’t.