Hormone Deficiency as a Cause of MS

Hormone deficiency and the link to MS is a result of lower levels of Estriol in the body. A well known benefit for women with MS who become pregnant is a reduction in their symptoms.

MS and Pregnancy

A recent study has shown that the reason for this is that the hormone levels are very high during pregnancy. These high levels of estrogen cause the women to go into remission and stay there for the length of the pregnancy.

The down side is that the drop in hormones after the baby is born may cause a post-partum relapse. This doesn't always happen. A new study has shown that breastfeeding may also be beneficial.

The estrogen hormone, Estriol, is what causes the immune system to behave correctly. If there is a hormone deficiency and estrogen is not present at high enough levels, the possibility of the mother's body rejecting the fetus causing a miscarriage.

What possibly causes multiple sclerosis is the lack of estrogen. Researchers are trying to come up with an estrogen-like medication that would be available to people with MS. And one that won't have any of the side-effects of hormone therapy.

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