When a woman is infected with Hepatitis C, they need to learn a few more things in order to keep their love ones safe from getting the infection. Accurate information and knowing right from wrong is the best tool that women can use in order to keep their reproductive health intact they get viral free again.
During menstrual cycle
When a woman contracts Hepatitis C, their menstrual cycle doesn’t stop from happening every month. Hepatitis C is being transmitted via blood and other fluids coming from the body hence it is very important for an infected woman to dispose their napkins properly. Besides, having sexual intercourse while on period is also a no-no. Aside from the fact that it is non-hygienic, it also increases risk of your partner being infected with Hepatitis C especially if he has cuts on his body especially his private part.
The use of birth control
Women with Hepatitis C must take birth control pills in order to avoid pregnancy during treatment. Hepatitis C drugs are known to cause birth defects. However, women with liver damage cannot take birth control pills because it contradicts the oestrogen hormones that contraceptives produce. If you have liver damage, ask your doctor first if you can take contraceptives. If not, the options are to seek other form of birth control method or to abstain from sexual activities during treatment.
If you are on menopausal stage
For menopausal women who are under Hepatitis C treatment, the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is also not recommended because of its effect on the treatment drugs. If you are having hormonal imbalances due to your menopausal period, ask your endocrinologist about it.
Hepatitis C and Pregnancy
If you are Hepatitis C positive, it doesn’t mean that you won’t get pregnant or should not get pregnant at all. There is a very low risk of transmitting Hepatitis C virus to your unborn child but the risk lies on the fact that your treatment must be stopped or you are looking forward to having a deformed baby in the future. A baby born of Hepatitis C positive mother will have the mother’s antibodies hence it is not recommended to have the baby tested for Hepatitis C until 2 years of age.
Hepatitis C and breastfeeding
Hepatitis C can be transmitted via blood or through bodily fluids but there are no studies yet that can prove that it can be transmitted through breast milk. There were studies in the past that claims that they saw traces of Hepatitis C virus in breast milks of infected mothers but they were not able to prove that it can infect the baby or the traces of virus is not enough to get the baby infected. Still, if you are a mother with Hepatitis C, you might not want to risk your baby’s health by giving him your breast milk. Using FDA approved formula or buying breast milk supplies might be a better option for your little one.