Multiple pregnancies linked to decreasing risk of multiple sclerosis

Women’s risk of multiple sclerosis drops with each additional child, according to new research.

Women with three children had a 75% lower chance risk of early multiple sclerosis symptoms compared with women without children.

The study found that for men, the number of children did not relate to multiple sclerosis symptoms, which helped exclude other factors linked to large family size such as socioeconomic status.

Other factors associated with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis are smoking, skin damage and sun exposure.

Read more at Murdoch Children's Research Institute