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What should you know about trying to get pregnant and no history of HPV?

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Women trying to become pregnant can ask if they need a specific test for HPV just to be sure they are not infected with the virus. They don't.

If you've been having regular Pap tests, any abnormalities on those would have alerted your doctor to check for HPV. Once you're pregnant, you'll be given a Pap test at your first prenatal visit if you're not up to date on screening. If it shows abnormalities, your doctor will order more tests.

Additional tests could include an HPV test. HPV is associated with cervical cancer. The doctor also may decide to do a colposcopy, in which a lighted device is used to closely examine the cervix for abnormal tissue changes.

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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