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What treatment will i need in pregnancy if i have genital herpes?

7 doctor answers19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Amy Herold
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Antiviral medicine: If you have frequent herpes outbreaks, you may be started on antiviral medication early in pregnancy to suppress them. If you don't get outbreaks often, make sure to tell your doctor you have a history of herpes. You will be placed on treatment at 36 weeks to prevent an outbreak around the time of labor. Active herpes during labor requires a c-section to avoid giving the baby an infection.
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Antiviral medication: No treatment is needed unless you have an outbreak. During an outbreak your doctor can prescribe Acyclovir or valacyclovir (valtrex). At 36 weeks most doctors will start you on prophylactic treatment with daily medication to prevent an outbreak or viral shedding during delivery. If you have an outbreak at the time of a delivery a C-section will be needed.
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Dr. Jaime Lopez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Anti-herpes medicati: An outbreak in pregnancy will usually be treated the same as in the non-pregnant patient. Your doctor may also decide to put you on daily treatment beginning one month before delivery to prevent an outbreak. Your doctor will also decide the best delivery route for you.
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Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology 38 years experience
Anti-herpes meds: During the last month of your pregnancy your obstetrician will place you on anti-herpes medication to reduce the risk of a herpes outbreak that could infect your baby during birth. They will do weekly herpes cultures of the vagina to insure that herpes is not being shed. Should you have an outbreak or your culture is positive, then you will probably undergo a cesarean section.
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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32 years experience
Anti-herpes medicati: If you have a herpes outbreak while pregnant you can take an anti herpes medication. If you have an active outbreak while in labor you will need a c-section. Women who have had recent herpes outbreaks are given anti herpes medication after 36 weeks to try to prevent an outbreak in labor.
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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
Anti-herpes meds: We usually start medications to suppress herpes at about 36 weeks. This decreases the chance you have an outbreak around the time of delivery. Be sure to watch for signs or symptoms of an outbreak during pregnancy. If you have active herpes when you go into labor, you may need a cesarean to make sure your baby doesn't get herpes.
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Dr. William Newton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Antiviral medication: Treatment during pregnancy is the same as in non pregnant. Most doctors prescribe antiviral medication prophylactically for patients with a history of herpes or if their sexual partner has a history of herpes. This treatment has decreased the number of cesareans for herpes.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is there a treatment for genital herpes that works?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 16 years experience
Yes.: Early on in an outbreak, antiviral medications work well to make the symptoms go away sooner, and when given during the first outbreak of genital herpes, it can greatly reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks. Please see your primary doc asap if you think you might be having an outbreak because medications can help!
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A member asked:

What is the best treatment for genital herpes?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 38 years experience
Anti-herpes drugs: Acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir. Of the three, valacyclovir is the most convenient because of its dosing schedule. If herpes outbreaks occur frequently, it's better to use daily suppression with the same medications rather than treating each episode.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can I treat genital herpes during pregnancy?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
A Verified Doctoranswered
32 years experience
Acyclovir: Acyclovir or valcyclovir are standard treatments. You should take them prophylactically during the last month of pregnancy to avoid getting an outbreak in labor. If you happen to have an outbreak while in labor, a c-section is recommended.
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Could genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?
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Can genital herpes affect pregnancy or getting pregnant in the future?
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I was just diagnosed with genital herpes and my outbreak just cleared up and i finished treatment. Is it possible to have another outbreak already?
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