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getting pregnant

I finished interferon/ribaviron treatment about 8 months ago.  I would like to get pregnant, but I am concerned about the risks.  Everything I read says wait at least 6 months.  When can I be confident that I can safely get pregnant?  Ever?  Has anyone gotten pregnant after treatment and had a healthy baby?
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Wow...

Are you UND? SVR?

6 months is clearance rate ---  but me... personally - if it were me - I'd wait for 1 and a half years...

Just to let your body heal first and get rid of all the toxins.

Much luck to you!
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The warning on riba is to make sure all traces are out of you.  There is a person who posts here 'Amommy', who successfully (geno 2 or 3) and had the intention to have more kid(s).  If I'm estimating right, I think she's about 7 months pregnant now.  Maybe she'll stop by and give you her experiences.  I think she waited little more than 6 months.
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From what I understand, the six month waiting period is a very conservative time frame to prevent any possibility of problems. I wouldn't give it a thought at 8-months post treatment unless your doctor tells you too, or you otherwise were presented with evidence.

All the best,

-- Jim
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i definitely don't know the lingo here....what is UND and SVR?  

I really didn't want to wait much longer...either do it now or be done with "the plan".  I am almost 39years old and I have 3 children.  My husband and I just always thought we'd have 4.  Then I was diagnosed with HepC and treated (after #3 was born) and my perfect little plan sort of flew out the window.  Maybe that's just life and I need to get over it.  I certainly don't want to chance any health risks for a 4th child--that seems pretty irresponsible on my part.  If I were a few years younger I would definitely wait, but under the circumstances I feel like I have to decice now.  
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Hi- I treated when my son was about 1 1/2 years old. I got pregnant again within a few months of finishing tx- compltetely unaware that I should not have. I had a miscarriage- the egg was abnormal and couldn't grow. I'm not sure if this was related to the interferon or not. BUT the good news is- about 8-9 months after that I got pregnant yet again and had a beautiful baby girl. So maybe you might wanna wait a bit longer than 6 months...? Better safe than sorry- I know how devastating a miscarriage can be, so it's best to let your body rest up, IMO. I wanted more kids originally, but finances and other stuff got in the way. I decided two was a blessing and got my tubes tied- no regrets. Best of luck whatever you decide!
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If you have confidence in your doctor and they say you can conceive now, then go ahead and don't let your past with Hepatitis C still control your life needlessly. If you don't have confidence in your doctor, then find one you do have confidence in and ask him. As far as I know, the opinions expressed here about waiting more than six months post treatment to conceive have no scientific or medical backing. It would be a real shame if based on the opinions stated, you decided not to have any more children. None of us are doctors here.

-- Jim
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i definitely don't know the lingo here....what is UND and SVR?  


UND = Undetectable - viral load.

SVR = Sustained Virologic Response (cured by any other name... but no one really knows... I have yet to see someone return from 1 year of SVR.)

Good luck either way - OK?

Hugs,

Meki
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that helps---thanks!
I am UND  and I guess it's cured.  Everyone I am reading knows a lot more that I do about their numbers--viral load..stages...I had genotype 2 and was on 24 week treatment.  My viral load was never very high (so I was told--don't know a number) and they never did a liver biopsy---dr. said it wasn't neccesary unless treatment didn't work.  Should I have had one?  Is that an opinion thing?
I was UND by 12 weeks into the treatment and have been ever since(almost a year).  Do you live in a constant state of fear that it will return, or does that go away over time? after 1 year can I stop worrying?
Apparently I had it about 26 years--since I was about 11 and found out at a routine physical.  I had a few symptoms, but nothing to make me think there was anything major wrong.  Really freaked me out---wish I had found this website then!  You have all been very helpful.  It is nice to know someone is listening and has been there----or is going through the same thing I had to go through.  Very comforting--Makes you feel a little less like a leper!  This is the 1st time I have felt that since I was diagnosed.  :)  Thanks again.  B
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Don't worry - join the club...

There is such a stigma on HCV --- so we all need to speak up on the issue --- so that people realize that we can all have it.

That anyone --- you, me --- the guy next door - the priest --- the police officer - the president... the mayor --- everyone can get this disease... If they have had any surgeries, dental work, piercings, innoculations, transfusions, etc... etc...

Don't feel like a leper... I think the last average was that one in 10 have some form of HEP.

(Or something like that)

But --- welcome to the board... You'll learn a lot here --- and some great links.

Meki
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