8 Common Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis in Women

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According to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of America, women are two to three times more likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) than men. However, the symptoms they present are usually are less severe than men who suffer from MS. We’ve compiled a list of eight of the most common MS symptoms experienced by women based on healthline.com.


Muscle Problems

Both men and women with MS can experience a variety of symptoms which affect the muscles, including numbness, spasms, problems with walking, difficulties with balance and gait, and general weakness in the arms and legs.

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Cognitive Issues

Because MS affects the brain, many women will experience changes in their cognitive skills, such as issues with problem-solving, memory loss, difficulty in concentrating and finding the right words to say. Some women may also experience anxiety and/or depression.

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Eye and Sight Issues

If the MS lesions appear in the part of the brain responsible for sight then women may experience problems with their vision and eyes. This can range from general discomfort in the eye area to partial vision loss or blindness. Some women may experience blurred or double vision and eye twitching.

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Dizziness and Hearing Loss

Some women may find they suffer from vertigo or dizziness as a result of their multiple sclerosis, in some cases, hearing loss may also be an issue.

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Bladder and Bowel Problems

The central nervous system is responsible for bladder and bowel control, so damage to the CNS could result in women experiencing problems with constipation, diarrhea, inability to control urination, increased urgency, and infections of the bladder or bowel.

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Pain or Numbness

Pain and tingling or numbness is a very common complaint in women with multiple sclerosis. This can be widespread throughout the entire body or localized, and can be very debilitating depending on the severity.

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Swallowing and Speech Problems

As MS attacks the central nervous system, it can lead to problems with swallowing and speaking. Many women with MS present slurred or slowed speech. Other symptoms in this area include lack of volume control, and difficulty in swallowing and chewing.

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Sexual Dysfunction 

Women with multiple sclerosis may experience a variety of sexual problems including a dry vagina, loss of libido, and an inability to orgasm.

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