Women who have HPV during pregnancy may worry that the HPV virus can harm their unborn child, but in most cases, it won’t affect the developing baby. Nor does HPV infection — which can manifest itself as genital warts or abnormal Pap smears — usually change the way a woman is cared for during pregnancy.
Can you give birth naturally if you have HPV?
Simply having the HPV virus in your system shouldn’t impact your pregnancy in most cases – and your baby won’t contract it. If you have genital warts caused by HPV, your doctor may watch you more closely, though women with this condition usually have healthy pregnancies and can even deliver vaginally.
Can HPV get worse during pregnancy?
HPV is unlikely to affect your pregnancy or your baby’s health. If you have genital warts, they may grow faster during pregnancy, possibly from the extra vaginal discharge that provides the virus with a moist growing environment, hormonal changes, or changes in your immune system.
Is it safe to get pregnant with HPV?
Is there a connection between HPV and fertility? When left untreated, many sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can lead to infertility. However, HPV shouldn’t affect your ability to conceive. Although you may have heard that HPV can lead to fertility problems, that’s generally not the case.
How can I get rid of HPV while pregnant?
How is HPV treated during pregnancy? Currently, there isn’t a cure for HPV, but most women won’t need any treatment during pregnancy. No drug is available to treat the virus itself. Instead, treatment focuses on managing any symptoms.
Can I breastfeed if I have HPV?
People who breastfeed may worry about spreading the virus to babies through breast milk. However, for most people living with HPV, breastfeeding is safe, and the benefits outweigh any potential risks.
How do you know if your baby has HPV?
In very young children (less than four years old), visible manifestations of HPV infection may include condyloma acuminatum. Cervical and anal infections in young children are the result of sexual abuse. Oral lesions include verrucae vulgaris, papillomas, condylomas, and focal epithelial hyperplasia.
Should I tell my partner I have HPV?
Do I need to tell my partner? This is entirely your decision. Most men and women with HPV infection carry the infection without ever being aware of it. HPV infection does not need to be treated and in 95% cases, you would get rid of it through your immunity.
How does HPV affect the reproductive system?
Regarding fertility, HPV seems to affect both men and women—the virus can bind to the head of a spermatozoon and reduce sperm motility in men and may reduce the endometrial implantation of trophoblastic cells in women.
What are symptoms of HPV in females?
Depending on the type of HPV a female has, they will present with different symptoms. If they have low risk HPV, warts may develop on the cervix, causing irritation and pain.
Cervix: HPV and cancer symptoms
- pain during sex.
- pain in the pelvic region.
- unusual discharge from the vagina.
- unusual bleeding, such as after sex.
Does HPV go away on its own?
In most cases (9 out of 10), HPV goes away on its own within two years without health problems. But when HPV does not go away, it can cause health problems like genital warts and cancer.