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For Women, Hepatitis C May Hasten Menopause and Reduce Fertility

Hepatitis C infection has some particular risks for women.

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) may compromise women’s reproductive capacity, as the virus is associated with lower fertility, an increased miscarriage rate and earlier menopause. However, earlier treatment of the virus among women may help mitigate such risks, although more research is needed to make that determination.

Publishing their findings in the Journal of Hepatology, researchers enrolled a cohort of 100 women with hep C and chronic liver disease, 50 women with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and chronic liver disease who were matched with the HCV-positive women according to age, and 100 HBV/HCV-negative age-matched “healthy” control women without liver disease. Enrollment took place in Italy between July 2011 and March 2014; the women were followed through December 2015. None of the women had a history of drug abuse, and all of them were HIV negative.

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