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Will your baby be born with birth defects if you have genital herpes?

Will your baby be born with birth defects if you have genital herpes?

Birth defects: Genital herpes can be passed to the newborn as the child passes through the birth canal. Currently we are starting Valtrex (valacyclovir) on women who have a history of genital herpes in the third trimester decreasing their risk of passing the virus to their baby. A woman with active genital herpes during labor is delivered by cesarean section. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Roberts
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Congenital Malformation (Definition)

Congenital malformation is aphysical defect present in a baby at birth that can involve many different parts of the body, including the brain, heart, lungs, liver, bones, and intestinal tract. Congenital malformation can be genetic, it can result from exposure of the fetus to a malforming agent (such as alcohol), or it can ...Read more


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If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?

If a mother has a history of genital herpes, what are the odds of a baby having birth defects both for c-section and vaginal birth?

Mild increased risk.: Genital herpes is of major concern when a primary infection develops immediately before/during/after labor. In those rare cases, vertical transmission of the pathogenic virus to the neonate can occur with vaginal delivery via the infected birth canal - but birth defects are not anticipated (only if first trimester transplacental infection). In chronic carriers, the risk of transmission is very low. ...Read more

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Do genital herpes cause constant bleeding?

Do genital herpes cause constant bleeding?

Not usually: Although genital herpes outbreaks can certainly cause a little bleeding from the lesions, it generally is not a constant bleeding in most cases.Is this your first time with the vaginal sores? Have you had a doctor look at them and confirm genital herpes? If not you definitely need to get checked out. If it is genital herpes there are medications that can help but you need to discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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If i was exposed to genital herpes, would stressing and worrying about it cause me to have an outbreak?

If i was exposed to genital herpes, would stressing and worrying about it cause me to have an outbreak?

No: Stress is usually related to repeat outbreaks, not new infections. New infections from exposure usually has more to do with current health status and immune status. After first outbreak, stress, illness and sunburn seem to incite outbreaks. Men usually have apparent outbreaks that are visible. It is possible for a woman to have a non visible internal cervical herpes outbreak. ...Read more

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Could genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?

Could genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?

Yes : Genital herpes can be problematic for pregnant women because of the possibility of vertical transmission during vaginal delivery. This is why women with vaginal herpes outbreaks require c-sections, and suppressive therapy around the time of delivery is used to prevent outbreaks. Neonatal herpes can lead to infection to the baby's skin, eyes, mouth, or central nervous system. ...Read more

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Do cold sores on the mouth also cause genital herpes?

Possible: Cold sore is cause by hsv i while genital herpes is usually caused by hsv ii. Could a cold sore cause genital herpes? It would be possible if the sore is actively shedding virus during oral sex. With cold sore, avoid contact until the lesion is healed over. ...Read more

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Can having genital herpes cause periods during pregnancy?

No: Genital herpes and periods are not linked. If you have a flare up of herpes and ur skin breaks down tht can cause bleeding at the site of the lesion. However, herpes in itself dont cause periods. Best wishes Dr M ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more