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I was 36 when I started Alpha
interferon. I did the 6 million IU then 12 million. Liver enzymes always shot up after
discontinuing. I then went on the Beta Inferon. After two months my periods stopped. I
went to my GYN and my thyroid was out of whack they said from the interferon. My periods
stopped shortly afterwards and I was in full peri-menopause. I now had complete ovarian
failure. I no longer could conceive and I was put on Hormones for the menopausal symptoms.
The women in my family all went into menopause in their 50s. I had planned on attempting
pregnancy after all my treatment was over. No doctors have acknowledged that ovarian
failure was caused by my interferon treatments. However, in an older PDR (physicians desk
reference) it says interferon is used for treatment of certain cancers and has been shown
to cause sterility problems in women.
If they are going to push
interferon treatments on
women, they need to study this more. I was treated at a VA hospital.
Most of the protocol studies are done on men. This is my warning to all women who may
still be considering childbirth: Interferon may end your
chance of having children.
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