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Dianne's Story
(by Dianne)

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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