Genital Warts Amp Giving Birth

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Jenn - January 20

I'm just wondering if anyone suffers with genital warts. I've noticed one or two throughout my pregnancy (I'm told that's often when they pop up if you have the virus), but it's always in the same exact spot (externally). My quetion is: does anyone know if this will cause my little one problems after birth if she comes in contact with it or is it relatively safe for her? Also does anyone know if they tend to dissapear for good after labour (like I've heard some cervical abnormalities correct themselves after labour). Thanks I appreciate any and all info you may have for me!


bump - January 20



28 WKS - January 20

i HOPE YOUR DR KNOWS U HAVE G. WARTS BC YES THEY CAN AFFECT YOUR BABY.Iv heard of them doing c sections to avoid baby coming trough v____a and being exposed to warts. and no u wont be cured of g.warts after birth bc its not curable. I belive u have outbreaks every so ogten when on medication. U really should talk to your dr


Tina - January 20

Yes, they can affect the baby - I have heard many stories where they do a c-section to avoid it. As far as them going away after labor - sorry dear, but no, once you have them you have them, and all you can do is take medication to control flare ups.


A friend - January 20

Hi Jenn - I too have a similar concern but was educated on the issue as soon as we learned we were pregnant. My husband has genital warts and medication doesn't seem to be curing them. We were told by a s_xual health family practice physician that in deed, although I am symptomless I still carry the virus (HPV) and often pregnancy can bring on exhibiting symptoms. If this becomes the case as we approach my delivery date - they will a__sess my birth ca___l area to determine if in fact I have the warts - if I do then its possible they will suggest a C-section to avoid any risk to baby. Risk to baby is that the baby can develop similar warts after birth along its throat or trachea which can be problematic. Carrying the virus, having symptoms but having a C-section does not mean your baby will carry the virus. You need skin-skin contact (rubbing) in order to contract it. I am quite surprised that I don't have any warts (thankful is more like it). When we learned the news we were quite ashamed and worried about our planned pregnany. But the doctor told us that it is a very common virus and anyone who has engaged in s_xual activity without protection is at risk and in fact many carry the virus and don't even know it. The doctor really put us at ease and educated us on the virus and its impacts on pregnancy etc.. We now have some options. As we were ttc when we brought this information forth - she even told us - don't stop trying to get pregnant because of HPV - the virus is manageable (not curable mind you). Don't take my word or anyone's word for that matter - if you have HPV - talk to your doctor as it will impact on your pregnancy and you need to be educated on it so you can make healthy decisions about your baby's delivery. Your health care provider should actually know of your condition to best plan your delivery. Also - you and your partner can be prescribed medications to alleviate the best you make an appointment. Take care of yourself and I hope this has been helpful.


To 28 weeks - January 20

First off they are not forever and yes you are correct there is not a "cure" but they are curable if you read the CDC reports it states that hpv is NOT a life long illness and clears within two years. You can not take medication like herpes the only medication is creams to help speed up the process to help fight off the virus. Yes c sections have been used but that is only when they are so big they block the v____al ca___l and that mostly happens in hiv positive mothers because there immune system is so low they can not fight off the virus. There is a small chance of pa__sing it about .05 or .04 chance. Yes you can get rid of this virus after birth, when you are pregnant your immune system is suppressed and that is why you are getting this outbreak, dont worry it is not forever and you will have a normal life. 28 weeks dont talk about things that you dont know anything about, you oviously are not well educated when it comes to this topic and it can be a touchy one so before you spout out your uneducated babble do a little research first because all you are doing is not helping and proably making this poor girl freak out


Angela in California - January 20

how do you know if you have it??


Debi - January 20

This is not something that I wanted to make "public" but I had genital warts with my first pregnancy. I noticed them early on and was treated by acid applications that my doctor applied weekly for about a month. It was not pleasant but it took care of them. This was 11 1/2 years ago and they also told me at that time if you do not have another outbreak within 5 years that you most likely never would. I did have my daughter v____ally and she had no complications. I know that the "rules" are changed from year to year so I don't know if what they did for me is still an option, but I have never had a problem since. They also told me that we all have the virus in our bodies once we become s_xually active and certain triggers such as pregnancy can bring them out. It's not uncommon and most abnormal pap smears are due to genital warts. So from my experience they can be treated and you can have a normal delivery. If you talk with your doctor I'm sure that they can tell you what can be done to help ensure a safe delivery for your baby. Best of luck.


Natalie - January 21

have you been told its definately genita warts. because during pregnancy you can get little glands come up and they can often be mistaken. i have had them. double check that thats what it is and then talk to your doctor to be safe


Tamisha - January 22

I'm not sure if my response will be of any help, but as far as I know your baby is only at risk if you are having an outbreak when you go into labor. I had g.w. when I was 15 or 16, about 8 or 9 years ago. I was prescribed a cream that I applied to the area and it took care of it. I can honestly say that I have never had an outbreak since, although I was told from my doctor and also in pamphlets that I have read that the virus hpv does stay in your blood stream, and it is not something that goes away. As long as you are staying safe and healthy you shouldn't have a problem with outbreaks, a low immune system, or stress can trigger one though. Your best bet is to take all the advice you are getting from us, and go and talk to your doctor. Best of luck to you and your baby


Thats not true - January 22

Hpv is in your skin not your blood... what have you been reading. If that was true anytime a person would b___st feed or give blood it would pa__s on it is a skin virus. Thats crazy that you would think that what pamflet were you reading. Take my advice Im a nurse that works at Planned Parenthood


Debi - January 22

Jenn, for information on genital warts go to and click on HPV virus. It will give you the correct info that you need. Also, if this is not something that you have talked with your doctor about you need to. I also forgot when I was being treated for them we had to use condoms when we had s_x and my husband needed to be checked also. Good luck!!


Bridget - January 23

You can still transmit HPV to your baby even with a c-section. The only reason they would do a c-section with someone with warts is if it obstructs the v____al opening causing the warts to bleed.


Jenn - January 23

Thanks to all of you that have offered support and kind words (as opposed to being jumped on). I'd just like to say that of course my dr knows about this, I'm just asking all of you because the only answer I got from her is that it likely won't be a problem. I just wanted to get first hand advice/stories from all of you. I really don't want a c-section, but I worry for my little one. I was just wondering if there was some way around it if I did have a outbreak during delivery (which over the last year has only been a small one, always in the same spot,externally). I've heard they can give antibiotics for Clamydia and Gonoherrea as a preventative measure (wether its confirmed you have either or not)...I just thought maybe they had some sort of measures like that for warts. Anyway thanks all for your input!


MM - January 23

Jenn, listen to the wonman who got her ifro from cdc . Nurses aren't doctors and they dpn't know everything as well. My father worked for the national aids hotline/cdc for 18 years ( untill last year) . Evryone does carry thr hpv virus , it is a virus that can clear up on it own . That is new finding with hpv. No there is not a cure but like every virus it has to run it's course and you may never have a outbreak the rest of you life. When you ar pregnant you body chemisty does change and it is possible those changes can keep you from having a break out . No one is 100% . Do some reasearch with the cdc and your dr. You should be fine.


MM - January 23

Here is some info for all : HPV (human papillomavirus) is the common wart virus. It is the cause of the various kinds of warts (genital warts, plantar warts, flat warts) as well as cervical dysplasia, v____al dysplasia, and cervical cancer. HPV has been implicated as a cause of infertility, miscarriages, vaginosis, vaginitis, vulvar vestibulitis syndrome, prostate disease, and laryngeal papillomatosis. It is impossible to determine how long someone has had an HPV infection. Neither men nor women are routinely tested for HPV. Women are "indirectly" tested for HPV by a Pap smear which shows "HPV characteristics" if the HPV has damaged some cells resulting in cervical dysplasia. If the cells are not damaged, the HPV goes undetected unless a Digene Hybrid Capture® HPV DNA Test is done. Other test methods (specific blood tests) may show that there has been HPV infection in the past, but they cannot determine if HPV is currently present. HPV is usually diagnosed because the cervical or v____al cells obtained by Pap smear or biopsy have the "characteristic appearance of HPV-infected cells” under the microscope. HPV is not always transmitted s_xually. However, the types that cause anogenital warts (also called condylomata ac_minata, venereal warts, genital warts, v____al warts, and penile warts) and cervical dysplasia are most commonly s_xually transmitted, like low risk HPV types 6, 11, 42, 43, and 44. For this reason HPV is cla__sified as an STD (s_xually transmitted disease) and can be transmitted through s_xual intercourse, oral s_x, a___l s_x, or any skin-to-skin contact. Some women develop genital warts, cervical/v____al dysplasia, or both, while others become carriers with no signs or symptoms, or they become immune to certain HPV types. Men generally develop genital warts, become carriers, or develop immunity. All of the HPV types are contagious. HPV is contagious even when warts and dysplasia are not present. Some HPV types have a greater a__sociation than others with cervical dysplasia and cancer like high risk HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59, and 68. HPV can lie dormant in humans for an unknown period of years. However, most individuals develop immunity, after which time they are no longer contagious. One can probably a__sume that immunity exists and the risk of being contagious is over after having genital warts and/or dysplasia when: (1) in cases of surgical removal, or when the signs and symptoms have disappeared without any treatment, there have been no recurrences for a year, or (2) in cases of Beta-mannan™ treatment, all warts and/or dysplasia disappeared during therapy. In both of these situations one may a__sume, with some degree of certainty, that immunity has developed and that the HPV infection no longer exists. I hope this helps.


Well - January 23

Im so happy to see that there are some people out there that know the real deal, I hate when people give out wrong information and this group seems to have a great head on their shoulders.



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