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What is childbirth like if you have HPV?

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The risk of HPV transmission to your baby during childbirth is very low. Even if your baby gets it, his body will usually clear the virus on its own.

Most of the time, a baby born to a woman with genital warts does not have HPV-related complications. In very rare cases, a baby born to a woman who has genital warts will develop warts in the throat. This serious condition is called respiratory papillomatosis and requires frequent laser surgery to prevent the warts from blocking the baby's breathing passages.

And even if the mother has a type of HPV virus that has caused cervical cancer, the baby can be delivered safely.

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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