8 de September, 2023

HPV and pregnancy: What you should know

The Human PapillomaVirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections globally. If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, you may be wondering how HPV can affect your pregnancy and your baby. Here we clarify your doubts.


What is HPV?

HPV is a group of viruses that can cause warts on different body parts, in some cases, cancer. It is important to note that not all types of HPV cause cancer. In fact, most people with HPV do not develop symptoms or health problems.

HPV during pregnancy

Although having HPV does not necessarily complicate pregnancy, it is vital to be informed. Some studies suggest that HPV may increase the risk of certain complications, such as preterm labor. However, most women with HPV have normal pregnancies and give birth to healthy babies.

Can HPV be transmitted to the baby?

It is rare, but it is possible. Transmission of HPV from mother to child during childbirth is rare. If it happens, the baby can develop warts, for this, it is necessary to talk to your doctor if you have HPV to take precautions.

How to protect yourself from HPV?

The HPV vaccine is the best way to protect yourself. If you're already pregnant, talk to your doctor about your options. If you're not already, consider getting vaccinated before trying to conceive. Understanding HPV and how it can affect pregnancy is crucial. Being informed lets you make the best decisions for yourself and your baby. At Ingenes we have a specialized team who will help you make the best decision for you. Your health and that of your baby are the most important to us!

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