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Can Friedreich's Ataxia effect the menstrual cycle? Does it reduce fertility?

By Anonymous January 6, 2014 - 3:25pm
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Hello Anonymous,

Friedreich's ataxia is an inherited disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system. Symptoms range from muscle weakness and speech problems to heart disease. Ataxia results from the degeneration of nerve tissue in the spinal cord and of nerves that control muscle movement in the arms and legs.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, "Generally, within 15 to 20 years after the appearance of the first symptoms, the person is confined to a wheelchair, and in later stages of the disease, individuals become completely incapacitated. Most people with Friedreich's ataxia die in early adulthood if there is significant heart disease, the most common cause of death. Some people with less severe symptoms live much longer."

Considering the debilitating consequences of this disease, fertility is irrelevant.


January 6, 2014 - 6:09pm
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