Myths about life with MS

Myth: People with MS can't have children.
Fact: People with MS can still become parents. The condition usually does not affect your fertility. And pregnancy does not make MS worse – many women find their symptoms improve during pregnancy. However, in the first 6 months after delivery, the risk of an attack may increase. The physical symptoms of MS may make parenting more of a challenge, so people with MS should plan to have a good support system (through family, friends, or social programs) in place before starting on the road to parenthood.

Myth: Exercise is dangerous for people with MS.
Fact: Exercise has many benefits for people with MS, and it can be done safely. In fact, an exercise program is an important part of many MS rehabilitation programs. Not only can exercise improve your overall health, but it can also help you cope with MS. Exercise can help improve your strength, bowel and bladder function, coordination, and energy levels. And the benefits are more than physical – exercise can reduce your risk of depression too! People with MS do need to be careful to choose an exercise program that's tailored to their needs and abilities, to avoid overheating while exercising, and to consult a doctor before starting a new exercise regime.

Myth: You must tell your employer you have MS.
Fact: Whether or not you inform your employer about your MS is up to you. You are not legally required to do so. However, if your condition is making it difficult for you to work, you may consider telling your employer so that you can team together to find ways to make it easier. Adjusting your job hours, working from home, or using assistive devices are all ways of making accommodations (workplace or job changes that allow you to continue doing your job). As an employee, you have a legal right to ask for reasonable accommodations on the job.

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