Pregnancy, fertility, and menopause

Both olmesartan (Benicar) and minocycline, the two mainstay medications of the MP, are contraindicated during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. When used in pregnancy during the second and third trimesters, drugs that act directly on the renin-angiotensin system can cause injury and even death to the developing fetus.

When pregnancy is detected in women on the MP, they must discontinue olmesartan (Benicar) as soon as possible. Also, minocycline hydrochloride, like other tetracycline-class antibiotics, can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman.

Women who are contemplating pregnancy should consult with their physicians about treating inflammatory disease first. Women with inflammatory disease who are already pregnant should do everything possible to keep the level of 1,25-DPrimary biologically active vitamin D hormone. Activates the vitamin D nuclear receptor. Produced by hydroxylation of 25-D. Also known as 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol, 1,25-hydroxyvitamin D and calcitirol. down. This means diligent avoidance of ingested vitamin D and exposure to sunlight/bright lights.

Pregnant women must not use the Marshall Protocol (MP). The MP may be begun only after delivery and when the baby has been weaned.

Fathering children while on the MP

A man on the MP may be able to father children with a healthy female, however, bacteria causing Th1 diseaseAny of the chronic inflammatory diseases caused by bacterial pathogens. can be transmitted during sexual contact and are transmissible to an ovum and/or a fetus.

MP may restore fertility

For 60 years, doctors have believed women were born with all the eggs they'll ever have. Recently Harvard scientists are challenging that dogma, saying they've discovered the ovaries of young women harbor very rare stem cells capable of producing new eggs.1) This work suggests that formation of oocytes is driven by the biochemical environment, as is all stem cell activity.

The MP is a curative therapy. As the MP resolves inflammation, this healing will likely restore sexual capability and fertility. Any or all aspects of the MP, including avoiding vitamin D and sunlight/bright lights, may contribute to hormonal changes which lead to restoration of health and fertility in men or women.

Therefore, women of childbearing age on the MP should take adequate precautions to avoid getting pregnant. Women using contraceptive medication should consult with their health care practitioners at each phase of the MP about any possible reduction in effectivity that may be caused by the use of low-dose, pulsed antibiotics.

One of the MP cohort had been infertile for 15 years, but became pregnant at age 45, 6 months after starting the MP. She stopped to deliver and wean the baby and is now back on the MP.

Trevor Marshall, PhD

Birth control

Main article: Birth control

Women of childbearing age on the MP who do not want to risk the chance of bearing a child suffering from fetal or neonatal injury should take precautions to prevent pregnancy, as the FDA package insert lists these as complications of taking olmesartanMedication taken regularly by patients on the Marshall Protocol for its ability to activate the Vitamin D Receptor. Also known by the trade name Benicar. during the second or third trimesters. According to the FDA, these adverse effects do not appear to have resulted from intrauterine drug exposure that has occurred only during the first trimester.

Because the MP can increase or restore fertility, women of childbearing age who are on the MP and sexually active are advised to use adequate precautions to avoid getting pregnant.

The doses of hormones found in birth control are low enough that patients need not be excessively concerned with their effect on immune function.

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Pregnancy and disease

Pregnancy increases 1,25-D

Main article: Pregnancy and vitamin D

Production of 1,25-D is increased during pregnancy and may lead to disease exacerbation.

Newer cultivation techniques have associated bacterial count in a pregnant woman's amniotic fluid with age at delivery. This data strongly suggests a causative role for pathogenic bacteria in premature delivery. Source: DiGulio et al.

Pre-term delivery

Microbes play an important factor in whether a woman will carry a pregnancy to term.

Using molecular tools to quantify bacterial count in pregnant women's amniotic fluid, DiGiulio et al. showed that the number of bacterial sequences found was inversely correlated with length of pregnancy.2)

Also underscoring the importance of microbes in premature delivery is a 2010 paper showing that the injection of lipopolysaccharides (endotoxins) could create a mouse model for preterm labor.3) The release of endotoxins are well known byproducts of the immunopathological response, which is generated when gram-negative bacteria are destroyed.

In recent years, the incidence of preterm deliveries has increased in the U.S. The National Center for Health Statistics (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has reported a 20% increase (from 10.6% to 12.7%) in the percentage of preterm deliveries during the years 1990–2005.4)


The following describes some of the effects of sarcoidosis on pregnancy:

Other chronic inflammatory diseases seem to exert similar harmful effects.

Risk of pre-term birth for expectant mothers taking multivitamins

Regular multivitamin-mineral supplement use during pregnancy, in a developed country setting, is not associated with size at birth. However, a 2010 study of British women found that daily multivitamin use in the third trimester was associated with preterm birth.8)

Vaginal microbiome fluctuates through menstrual cycle

Santiago et al. collected swabs of vaginal microflora from 17 women over the course of two consecutive menstrual cycles. Researchers noted a rise in Gram positive cocci during menses.9)

Patients experiences

I'm 54 years old and haven't had a period in two years and then had one in February. I am getting symptoms off and on of an impending cycle. Good thing I had my tubes tied years ago.


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J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2010 Jan;81(1):38-41. Epub 2009 Nov 25.

Long-term effects of childbirth in MS.

D'hooghe MB, Nagels G, Uitdehaag BM. Department of Neurology, Nationaal MS Centrum, Melsbroek, Belgium. marie.dhooghe@ms-centrum.be Abstract BACKGROUND: The uncertainty about long-term effects of childbirth presents multiple sclerosis patients with dilemmas. METHODS: Based on clinical data of 330 female MS patients, the long-term effects of childbirth were analysed, using a cross-sectional study design. Four groups of patients were distinguished: (1) without children (n = 80), (2) with children born before MS onset (n = 170), (3) with children born after MS onset (n = 61) and (4) with children born before and after MS onset (n = 19). A time-to-event analysis and Cox proportional hazard regression were performed with time from onset to EDSS 6 and age at EDSS 6 as outcome measure. RESULTS: After a mean disease duration of 18 years, 55% had reached EDSS 6. Survival curves show a distinct shift in the time to EDSS 6 between patients with no children after MS onset and patients with children after MS onset in favour of the latter. Cox regression analysis correcting for age at onset shows that patients with children only after MS onset had a reduced risk compared with patients without children (HR 0.61; 95% CI 0.37 to 0.99, p = 0.049). Also, patients who gave birth at any point in time had a reduced risk compared with patients without children (HR 0.66; 95% CI 0.47 to 0.95, p = 0.023). A similar pattern was seen for age at EDSS 6 (HR 0.57, p = 0.027 and HR 0.68, p = 0.032 respectively) CONCLUSION: Although a bias cannot fully be excluded, these results seem to support a possible favourable long-term effect of childbirth on the course of MS.

PMID: 19939856

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