Paper in International Journal of MS Care
- Sponiar, M., Sharpe, L., Butow, P. and Fulcher, G. (2007) Reproductive choices of women with multiple sclerosis. International Journal of MS Care, 9, 9-12.
A decision aid may be needed for women with multiple sclerosis (MS) in making family-planning choices. Four hundred sixty-one women responded to a mailing asking them where they were in deciding whether to have children. The mailing was sent to female members of the MS Societies in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia, who were between 20 and 40 years of age. Results showed that 46% of respondents were currently unsure about whether they would start, forego, or enlarge their families. More women with relapsing-remitting MS and women who were unsure of their MS type were undecided about motherhood than those with primary progressive and secondary progressive MS. The results indicate that a decision-making tool to assist women with family planning may be useful.