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 -- usually change the way a woman is cared for during pregnancy. It is important, however, to let your obstetrician know if you have HPV.
Here's what women need to know about HPV and pregnancy.
In rare cases, infants may
develop warts in the larynx (laryngeal papillomas), which is in the throat,
from exposure to HPV during birth.
A doctor should evaluate any warts or other
symptoms that suggest infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) or another
sexually transmitted infection (STI). Avoid sexual contact until you have been
examined. If you have an STI, avoid sexual contact to prevent spreading the
Sometimes, warts may go away on their own. If you have
genital warts, your doctor may observe your condition without using medical
treatment. This is called watchful waiting. This period may vary from a few
days to weeks or possibly months.
The length of the watchful
waiting period is based on:
The severity of your
The progression of the problem if not
The risks and benefits of waiting.
and medical history.
Who to see
In general, your family doctor or any of the following
health professionals can determine whether you have genital warts:
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 05, 2013
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