Twice as many women as men get multiple sclerosis (MS), but MS symptoms can affect men differently. This makes it even more important for men to learn about MS and the resources available to them. The more they know, the less isolated they may feel—and the better they may be able to make well-informed choices.
3 ways MS is different for men
- MS symptoms may be more severe for men
Men usually develop severe MS symptoms. In fact, just being a man could be considered a risk factor for more serious MS
- Lesions may be more destructive for men
Although men may accumulate fewer active lesions than women, the lesions that develop tend to cause more damage
- Men may experience more mobility issues, like a higher risk of accidental falls
Men with MS are also more likely to experience symptoms like cognitive decline, anxiety, sexual issues, and depression. These issues can become worse when left unspoken, so men with MS should be sure to speak with their healthcare providers if they think they are experiencing any symptoms. Even though these issues can be hard to talk about, healthcare providers are used to hearing about them. When they know about issues, they can offer ideas and therapies that may help make things better.