Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease (disease) in the United States. It is linked to about 6 in 1,000 people having boys more often and less often, respectively.
HPV can cause minor or severe infections in people who are not fully developed at the time of their birth. This is known as congenital HPV infection.
Most women experience only a mild case of genital warts during their lifetime, but some develop more severe cases that require treatment.
Can a woman with HPV give birth naturally?
There are several reasons not to try a vaginal birth after HPV. First, the risk of newborn infection is high. second, the longer it takes to determine if the baby is healthy following the delivery, the more likely it is that the baby will be vulnerable to some kinds of Immunotherapy such as Gardasil or other immunotherapy during early infancy.
Second, there have been reports of difficulties in breastfeeding, even when done naturally. Third, if there is a need for medical care during or after birth, it may be more difficult to provide appropriate care because of the risk of infection.
Can a woman with HPV give birth naturally? Not unless she has another kind of birth control and can keep up with regular monthly use. There are safer alternatives that can be tried by women who have sex with women, who can’t breastfeed or those who need medical care during or after delivery.
What are the symptoms of HPV?
HPV can be passed from person to person in sexual contact, but not usually until the person has an active infection. Most people who have an infection but no visible brand new infected area will get a non-cancerous Pap test every few years to check for removal of the virus.
HPV can also be transmitted through vaginal or anal intercourse, and can even enter a woman’s bloodstream as a pregnant woman passes it to her baby during delivery.
The only way for a man to pass HPV is if he has an active infection, which he can’t cure.
How is HPV transmitted?
As mentioned earlier, human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection.
It can be passed from person to person through vaginal or anal sex, cosmetic surgery, and even from mother to child. Due to its low potential of transmission during pregnancy, there are no recommendations for women with HPV during pregnancy.
However, infants may be exposed to the virus through the birth process or when the baby is born. Infants are more vulnerable to infection due to their relatively weaker immune system and less experienced immune system response.
What are the treatments for HPV?
Most treatments for HPV are preventative, meaning you do not get it but if you do, you can seek treatment. This includes taking a pride in knowing your methods of preventing HPV and sticking to them.
There are a few new therapies being developed for treating HPV infections, including one that targets women’s natural levels of estrogen to regulate the infection. While this sounds utopian, it is still an experimental therapy and not recommended for the general public yet.
While all women should use condoms during sex, there is no reason men should be treated with hormonal agents or antibiotics either. As with any new drug or therapy, there may be some side effects to test before giving up on it entirely.
Can I still have children if I have genital warts?
People with genital warts can still have children. However, the chance of having children increases if the wart is on the genitals.
Some people with genital warts experience sexual attraction toward other men. This doesn’t affect how much fertility treatment they need, but it can be difficult to determine whether a man’s presence in a relationship matters or not.
On the other hand, sexual relations between women can occur without any male genital warts present. There are no reports of women with genital warts giving birth without assistance.
If you think you might be pregnant, you should contact your doctor to determine whether or not fertility treatment is needed. It is also important to keep your distance from other people while you are trying to conceive and during your pregnancy to prevent any transmission of genital warts.
What are the risks of transmitting the virus to a child?
There are two main types of human papilloma virus (HPV) cells: oncogenes and nononcogenes. Oncogenes are usually found inside the cell nucleus, where it maintains cell DNA.
Orange or charged cells called invasiveness proteins flank the oncogene E6 that helps regulate other genes in the cell. Because of this, when it copies itself, it can increase the number of genes in the cell.
However, when E6 meets E7, they switch off this regulation process, making the invacevation protein multiply into eight times its original size. This can lead to abnormal growth of new cells and tissue inside the body.
Luckily for us humans, only one oncogene is located inside our body and meets up with only one copy of its gene! However, because of this risk to us as a whole population, we have antivirals like famotricipine to prevent future infections.
Will I be able to have a natural birth if I have genital warts?
Genital warts can prevent a woman from having a healthy birth. Although genital warts do not effect the ability to conceive, they can affect the body during or after childbirth.
Some women with genital wart exposure in their newborn period have tested positive for HIV, which means she has an increased risk of transmitting the virus to her baby.
HIV can potentially affect the baby’s developing systems, including the brain and nervous system. The virus can cause symptoms similar to those of measles, including fever, rash and loss of appetite.
If your pregnant wife has a wart on her genitals and you are worried about transmission of the wart to your unborn child, you may need to consider having her treated with medication.
When should I see a doctor about genital warts?
Genital warts are visible, smooth, tumor-like growths that protrude from the surface of the skin. They can usually be detected by their orange color and/or unexplained appearances of new wart sites over time.
Because genital warts can occasionally cause fertility issues, men should always get a fertility evaluation to check for male genital warts. If a man does have a wart, his doctor can determine if it is benign or non-melanomasic in nature.
However, because women cannot get male genital warts, there is no way to evaluate for or give birth to an attachment site if one occurs.