MS and fertility, contraception and sexually transmitted infections

Although MS may not directly decrease the fertility of men or women with the condition, it may indirectly contribute to sexual problems for both genders. Men who are concerned about fertility issues should talk to a urologist or fertility specialist about medications or techniques to collect and save sperm for insemination.

What about contraception for people with MS?
Most women who have MS continue to release ovarian eggs each month, so they can become pregnant unless they use some method of birth control.

Oral contraceptives, diaphragms, intrauterine devices (IUDs), condoms, or spermicidal foams and jellies can be used depending on the couple's choice, and with advice from their doctor. Talk to your doctor for the best recommendation that's suited to you and your partner.

Remember that women and men with MS need to take the same precautions regarding birth control and sexually transmitted infections as anyone else. If you have MS, you are still at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection unless you use proper and adequate protection.

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