Family Planning with MS

Multiple sclerosis affects young adults in their thirties and more women than men are affected. During this period, family planning is an important topic for many people with MS. The disease is basically not inherited and people with MS should not be discouraged to become parents.

In this presentation the main interactions between MS and pregnancy and vice versa will be covered. Current data on exposed pregnancies on disease modifying treatments and how to proceed with the medication before, during or after pregnancy will be presented. Women with MS can be supported to breastfed, a topic which also will be addressed in this presentation.


Date:  30 January 2020

Time: 19:30

Venue: Zoom

Cost: Free



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Prof Kerstin Hellwig

Senior Consultant in the Department of Neurology @ St. Josef Hospital / Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany


Dr. Hellwig attended medical schools at the Ruhr University, Germany, the Louis Pasteur University, France and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.  She became a board-certified neurologist after her residency at the St. Josef Hospital Bochum, Ruhr University Bochum. Dr. Hellwig holds a postdoctoral lecture qualification in “Special therapeutic aspects in patients with multiple sclerosis”.  With a grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) Dr. Hellwig worked on a MS susceptibility research project at the research department of Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, California and was trained in epidemiology and clinical research in department of Preventive Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC).

Her scientific interest is mainly clinical with a special interest in the field of MS and family planning. Since 2006, she has initiated and maintained the German-speaking MS and pregnancy registry (DMSKW). She published multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts.

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