Hepatitis C and What Women Need To Know

Hepatitis C is a serious disease, it can cause liver failure as well as cancers, but many will just think they have the flu or are just plain tired. Women with active Hepatitis C under therapy are not recommended to become pregnant as the treatments are harmful to the developing baby. Treatments have not been effective in all patients, although there is hope that newer treatments will be helpful. Not every Hepatitis C infection is the same. There are many subtypes of this disease. Actually each virus has it's own set of genes, and there seem to be at least 6 different many varieties or genotypes. Knowing which type will direct the therapy your physician will give you. The important thing is to be tested, and probably if you have a new partner be retested. Gynos or primary care docs can do this testing and help you get on the path to treatment if you test positive. After therapy in a stable patient pregnancy can be considered and the safest course recommened. There are reports still of low birth weight, babies of small for gestational age, and greater need for neonatal intensive care, but not all studies have confirmed risks.


 
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