When it comes to multiple sclerosis (MS), there are still a lot of misconceptions surrounding the disease, but not everything you’ve read or been told about MS is correct. Here, we separate fact from fiction by dispelling five of the most common myths about MS.
Myth #1: Women with MS cannot get pregnant.
Sure, women with MS may face certain risks and complications while being pregnant, but according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, pregnancy has been proven to reduce the number of MS relapses and flare ups, especially during the second and third trimesters.
Myth #2: All people with MS need a wheelchair.
Not true at all. Many people with MS live active and mobile lives. In fact, most MS patients – two-thirds to be exact – remain able to walk on their own without needing any type of assistance (cane, walker, scooter, etc.), according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.