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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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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How can genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?

How can genital herpes cause problems during pregnancy?

Primary outbreak: A first time infection with herpes during pregnancy is very serious since the virus can go from your blood stream through the placenta and cause an infection of the baby which can then cause long-term damage. Secondary or recurrent infections with HSV do not infect the baby unless you are actively shedding virus at the time of a vaginal delivery. Medications can minimize that risk. ...Read more

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Can having genital herpes cause periods during pregnancy?

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

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How can I treat genital herpes during pregnancy?

How can I treat genital herpes during pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with herpes 1 almost year ago. Ishherpes 1 known as genital herpes. Herpes 2 indeterminate. is pregnancy risky. Would I need ssection?

Diagnosed with herpes 1 almost year ago.  Ishherpes 1 known as genital herpes.  Herpes 2 indeterminate.  is pregnancy risky.  Would I need ssection?

Genital herpes= HSV2: Generally, genital herpes is associated wth HSV-2; cold sores is generally caused by HSV1. It is important to tell your doctor if you have sores in or around the vagina because it can be a source of infection to your baby. Based on their evaluation, they can tell if you will need to deliver by C- section. ...Read more

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How is genital herpes infection treated during pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can genital herpes affect pregnancy or getting pregnant in the future?

Can genital herpes affect pregnancy or getting pregnant in the future?

Yes and no.: If a patient is known to have genital herpes then she is usually offered suppressive therapy at about 36 weeks to prevent transmission to the baby as it is born. If there is an outbreak at the time of delivery, then cesarean section is recommended. It is unlikely that it would effect future fertility. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Does having genital herpes have any effect on a woman's ability to have and maintain a pregnancy?

Does having genital herpes have any effect on a woman's ability to have and maintain a pregnancy?

Pregnancy and herpes: Although a risk still remains of losing the baby while contracting herpes iinfection in utero, many women have had normal pregnancies and healthy babies. A cesarean section is often scheduled for delivery if there are active lesions. ...Read more

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Even though I take acyclovir for genital herpes will it affect my pregnancy in the long run?

Even though I take acyclovir for genital herpes will it affect my pregnancy in the long run?

Acyclovir: Appears to be safe in pregnancy. No data to suggest that you will have adverse outcome. But as you know, everyone is different. Speak with your Ob/gyn to closely monitor you for any side effect. ...Read more

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What problems can genital herpes type 2 cause for a newborn?

What problems can genital herpes type 2 cause for a newborn?

Death or disability: The fetus is ge nerally protected by fetal membranesfrom exposure during pregnancy.During delivery, the newborn can acquire the virus as it is shead from the genital walls.Some will have skin leasions(blisters), but a more devistating problem occurs as the germ migrates to the brain to cause encephalitis.Death or major disability are possibile.Ob's opt for cs delivery if possible to avoid this. ...Read more

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Which problems can genital herpes (herpes simplex ii) cause for a newborn baby?

Which problems can genital herpes (herpes simplex ii) cause for a newborn baby?

Death or disability: The fetus is ge nerally protected by fetal membranesfrom exposure during pregnancy.During delivery, the newborn can acquire the virus as it is shead from the genital walls.Some will have skin leasions(blisters), but a more devistating problem occurs as the germ migrates to the brain to cause encephalitis.Death or major disability are possibile.Ob's opt for cs delivery if possible to avoid this. ...Read more

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I have mdd and generalized anxiety disorder. What chemically causes these problems and can it cause a genital herpes outbreak?

I have mdd and generalized anxiety disorder. What chemically causes these problems and can it cause a genital herpes outbreak?

Uncertain: Although monoamines (seritonin, norepinephrine and dopamine) have been theoretically implicated there is no proof of their direct role. Genetic predispositions, life experiences and other factors all seem to be important, but no unifying cause has yet been determined. The role of anxiety in outbreaks of herpes simplex eruptions (oral, genital, etc.) is also unclear although may be one factor. ...Read more

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What causes the same or similar symptoms as genital herpes?

What causes the same or similar symptoms as genital herpes?

...: In the us, amongst sexually active people the most common causes of genital ulcers are herpes and syphilis. Less common causes are chancroid and donovanosis. Non-infectious causes can include fixed drug reaction and behcet's. A visit to the doctor can help determine the cause and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can masturbation cause genital herpes?

No: No you have to come in contact with someone who has herpes. ...Read more

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Can herpes gladiatorum cause/become genital herpes, possibly through masturbation?

Virus: The virus is the same, so it could be spread to the genital area by touching the genital area with the virus. ...Read more

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If my partner and i both have genital herpes and we are sexually active together with that cause more breakouts?

If my partner and i both have genital herpes and we are sexually active together with that cause more breakouts?

No: If both of you have genital herpes, then there is no higher likelihood of infection. However, genital trauma to the skin (from rough intercourse) can sometimes predispose to a herpes outbreak. This doesn't imply a new infection, rather a reactivation of the virus. ...Read more

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Can cold sores be spread to the genital area? Is it possible for someone with cold sores to cause genital herpes in another person?

Can cold sores be spread to the genital area? Is it possible for someone with cold sores to cause genital herpes in another person?

Yes, : Yes, it is possible. Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1) and are extremely common. Most people become infected as an infant or small child when kissed or by sharing eating utensils with an adult who has the virus. 20% of the cases of genital herpes are also caused by hsv-1 thought to be infections from oral-genital contact. The virus is most contagious when someone has a cold sore, but can still be passed along by someone who does not. Many people do not even know that they are infected because the virus can "hide out" in the nerve cells for very long periods of time - for some people it hides out forever and they never get a cold sore. For others, the virus can "wake up" at any time and that's when a cold sore happens. No one knows exactly what causes a cold sore to appear - sometimes stress, illness, fevers, colds, sunlight, cold weather, menstruation, certain foods, allergies, you name it! they usually last 7-10 days and are more of an annoyance than a danger unless you have a weakened immune system or contract a bacterial infection on top of the cold sore. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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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