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A 21-year-old female asked:

can you give vaginal birth if you have herpes?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: The biggest risk (death, encephalitis) for a newborn comes if the mothers 1st outbreak comes during or near the onset of labor/delivery. About 30-40% will become infected. During secondary outbreaks the risk drops some, with 5%+ becoming infected. Many can control secondary outbreaks with meds and deliver vaginally but others schedule a CS before the water breaks.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What can cause genital herpes without having any type of sexual contact?

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Dr. David Kurss
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Any Direct Contact: Genital herpes is essentially spread by direct contact with an infectious area. It is very common and easy spread. Genital herpes can be spread even if you or your partner don't see any sores - orally or genitally. Valtrex (valacyclovir) has been shown to reduce, not eliminate the risk for asymptomatic transmission. Condoms can help but contact outside of the condom covered areas can result in infection.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How soon after giving birth can one get a tubal ligation?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Not until after the : 6 week check up to make sure evertything is normal I do in office tubal steri. Starting at 8 weeks post partum, in my office by the adiana or essure method, it is easy takes 5 minutes, no cutting and I have a contract with almost all the insurnaces to do it in my office and often times just a small offcie co-pay for the pt like $30, if you doc doesn't do these u may want to find one who can.
A member asked:

Im having more then normal discharge from my vagina no color but a fishy discharge smell

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Get checked: This could represent a vaginal infection. You need to get checked out and get it treated as necessary.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can anybody tell me how well the rhythm method works as a birth control?

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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Not very reliable: Using the rhythm method effectively depends upon absolutely regular and predictable cycles (not common) and considerable self-discipline. Since your sexual desire or libido increases when you are most fertile and this is exactly the time you have to avoid with the rhythm method, it tends not to work out well.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get genital herpes on the back of your butt?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 36 years experience
Virus spread: Herpes virus can spread to any open area such as a cut or sore on any part of the body by direct contact.

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