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How can i treat genital herpes during pregnancy?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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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.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Valacyclovir: 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.
Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Antiviral medication: You may use the standard antiviral medications commonly used for herpes treatment while you are pregnant. If you have had frequent outbreaks you may use them prophylactically throughout pregnancy. If you do not have frequent outbreaks they are usually prescribed during the last month of pregnancy to avoid an outbreak at the time of delivery, to allow you to have the option of a vaginal delivery.
Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Antiviral medication: Treatment of active outbreaks is similar during pregnancy. The same antiviral medications are typically used to treat a current outbreak. In order to suppress outbreaks near delivery, a daily dose of antiviral medication may be prescribed. If there is an outbreak at the time of delivery, a C-section will likely be recommended.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Could genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?

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Dr. Richard Chudacoff
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Yes: If it is the first outbreak then there is a risk to the fetus, regardless of the type of delivery. A congenital infection can have devastating effects including mental retardation and blindness. Any woman who is suspected of herpes in pregnancy should be treated with antiviral medication and have a c-section. Women who have know history of herpes should be treated medically starting at 36 weeks.
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How is genital herpes infection treated during pregnancy?

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Dr. David Kurss
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Avoid contact/ RX: Genital herpes can easily spread between partners and between the mother and the delivering baby. The risk is greatest if the mom contracts primary genital herpes in the 3rd trimester and thus is not able to transmit protective antibodies to the baby. Avoiding genital/genital or oral/genital contact with an infected partner is key - esp. In later preg. Valtex should be given in 3rd trimester.
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A 26-year-old female asked:

Can having genital herpes cause periods during pregnancy?

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Dr. Rahil Malik
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it routine to test for genital herpes during pregnancy before you deliver?

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Dr. Gerry Tolbert
Family Medicine 13 years experience
Depends: If you have a known history of herpes outbreaks or a possible exposure to herpes while pregnant, yes, it's important to test if you start having symptoms around time for delivery. If you've never been exposed or had the disease, then routine testing is often not necessary.

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