Table 1

Characteristics of female patients at the University of British Columbia Multiple Sclerosis Clinic

‘Term pregnancy status’N (%)Age at MS onset (years) (mean (SD))Age at first child (years) (mean (SD))Mean No of childrenRelapsing remitting disease at onset (%)No reaching EDSS 6 (n (%))Time to EDSS 6 (years) (mean (SD))
No children715 (34.0)28.7 (8.7)96105 (15)15.3 (10.8)
At least one child before MS onset and no children during and after onset911 (43.3)38.4 (8.4)24.3 (4.6)2.191185 (20)13.2 (8.5)
At least one child after MS onset and no children before and during onset290 (13.8)22.9 (5.1)28.3 (4.8)1.79660 (21)22.9 (11.0)
Children before and after onset and not during MS onset96 (4.6)27.5 (4.2)24.0 (4.7)2.69620 (21)19 (7.7)
Child during onset14 (0.7)30.3 (4.0)30.3 (4.0)1932 (14)6.5 (3.5)
Children before and during onset and no children after onset40 (1.9)28.8 (4.6)24.2 (4.1)2.4947 (18)18.7 (11.3)
Children during and after onset and no children before onset28 (1.3)25.9 (3.5)26.0 (3.5)2.3969 (32)19 (7.8)
Children before, during and after onset11 (0.5)26.4 (3.2)22.7 (3.2)3.9733 (27)16.7 (5.1)
  • EDSS, Expanded Disability Status Scale; MS, multiple sclerosis.