Your eyes are bad. It says shark. I'm just kidding too. Lucky for you I'm traveling for the next two weeks so won't be able to take you on.
Suffice it to say there's a substantial body of research (including the infamous Faroe Island studies) suggesting that sex hormones are in fact a risk factor for MS. Oral contraceptives were identified to be of potential benefit for women with MS in 1969. The failure to seriously study gender differences and hormones in this disease is, IMO, a glaring omission in MS research. I can get really mad.
Seriously, some have suggested that testosterone could explain the gender difference in susceptibility to MS and why far fewer men than women are diagnosed with it.
I don't know if testosterone levels rise in pregnancy and it's my understanding most of the testosterone in women is produced in the adrenal glands.
Toyoterry--I quite agree...the change in hormone levels with age is something to think about. When they tested testosterone levels in people with MS they were low in both
men and women and a higher percentage of women than men had low testosterone levels. I'm all in favor of people with MS having their testosterone level checked and if it's low, working with a physician to get it into the normal range. Hey, lifting weights might help too.
Ian--it may be an old story, but it's a good one.
If testosterone comes on the market for MS before estriol I'll be really, really mad.
Take care all