ivf and hepatitis c?
can you undergo invitrofertilization if you are hepatitis c positive?
- ijcLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
I do not see why not. Your doctor should be able to answer that for you. The following information may be of help to you. I am including the website, I find it helpful to me - another person living with HCV
Most women become pregnant during the years between 20 and 40, which is also the age group in which the incidence of hepatitis C infection is rising most quickly. Any woman with risk factors for hepatitis C (such as exposure to transfusions, contaminated needles, or injected drug use) should be screened for hepatitis C before and during pregnancy.
The risk of a pregnant woman passing the hepatitis C virus to her unborn child has been related to the levels of quantitative RNA levels in her blood, and also whether she is also HIV positive. The risk of transmission to the infant is less (0 to 18%) if the mother is HIV negative and if she has no history of i.v. drug use or of blood transfusions. Transmission of the virus to the fetus is highest in women with hepatitis C RNA titer greater than 1 million copies/mL. Mothers without hepatitis C RNA levels detected did not transmit hepatitis C infection to their infants.
There is no preventive treatment at this time that can influence the rate of transmission of the virus from mother to infant.
A pregnant woman with hepatitis will need to be followed by a specialist who can check their liver function tests on a regular basis.
In a normal pregnancy, alkaline phosphatase levels can increase three to four times because the placenta creates alkaline phosphatase. ALT levels can go up if viral hepatitis or damage to the liver occurs (from drugs, gall stones, severe vomiting, or acute fatty liver of pregnancy).
Interferon therapy should be discontinued during pregnancy since the effect on the fetus is unknown. At this time, there have not been sufficient studies or information to determine the risk to the baby.
Women should not become pregnant while on Rebetron (interferon and ribavirin combination therapy). In fact, it is recommended by the manufacturer that a woman of childbearing age use effective contraception during treatment and for 6 months after treatment ends, because of the high risk for birth defects in the fetus.
Mothers taking Rebetron medication should not breast feed because of the potential for an adverse reaction from the drug in their infant.
above taken from http://www.hepatitis-central.com/hcv/hepatitis/pre...
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- Anonymous5 years ago
hepatitis C doesn't always cause symptoms, you may not know you have the virus. Your doctor won't check for hepatitis C unless you think you have had contact with a person who is infected or if you were born between 1945 and 1965. If you think you may have hepatitis C, you can get a blood test.
The CDC recommends that you have a blood test for hepatitis C if any of the following are true:
You received blood from a donor who later was found to have the disease.
You have ever injected drugs.
You received a blood transfusion or an organ transplant
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- 4 years ago
I am a board certified hepatologist.
Yes of course you can. There is a risk to the baby but it is small (1-3% chance the baby will get HCV). This risk is no different if you deliver C section or vaginal.
Prior to getting IVF you need to be staged (i.e. see if you have cirrhosis) as this would also be a risk to your pregnancy. Your IVF doctor is not the right kind of doctor to check this, that would be a hepatologist. Go to www.aasld.org and find a hepatologist in your area. Finally, treatment is a pill taken once per day for 12 weeks. Why not just be cured?
- 5 years ago
I gave birth by C-section and my son has given blood and was not positive for it. I however was born with it, due to passing through the birth canal and being doused in my mother's blood. I have lived with the disease my whole life, and just turned 40. So you can live a long time with the disease and treatments are available.