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How can you manage HPV after childbirth?

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If a Pap test was abnormal during pregnancy, the doctor will likely do another Pap test a few weeks after childbirth. Sometimes, the cervical cell changes go away after childbirth and no treatment is needed for HPV.

Sometimes, genital warts also go away. If not, the doctor may recommend treatment after childbirth.

From: HPV and Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  Barbara Levy, MD, medical director, St. Francis Women's Health Center, Federal Way, Wash. Diane Harper, MD, MPH, professor of community and family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, N.H. American Social Health Association fact sheets: "HPV Myths and Misconceptions;" "HPV Cervical Dysplasia Questions & Answers;""HPV Genital Warts Q and A;" and "HPV." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases fact sheet: "Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts." American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Practice Bulletin, "Clinical Management Guidelines for Obstetrician-Gynecologists," Number 61, April 2005. Alan Waxman, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

SOURCES:  Barbara Levy, MD, medical director, St. Francis Women's Health Center, Federal Way, Wash. Diane Harper, MD, MPH, professor of community and family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, N.H. American Social Health Association fact sheets: "HPV Myths and Misconceptions;" "HPV Cervical Dysplasia Questions & Answers;""HPV Genital Warts Q and A;" and "HPV." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases fact sheet: "Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts." American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Practice Bulletin, "Clinical Management Guidelines for Obstetrician-Gynecologists," Number 61, April 2005. Alan Waxman, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 17, 2018

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