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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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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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What is the best treatment for genital herpes, is it curable?

Genital herpes: Herpes is a viral infection. After initial infection as the blisters go away, the virus goes into "hiding" in a nerve cell. It can come out again, particularly if a person is under stress or his/her immune system is low. It can be contagious even when rash is not present. There is no cure for genital herpes but it is treatable. Famcyclovir and valacyclovir are used to treat episodes of herpes. ...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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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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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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Whst is the next line of treatment for genital herpes if u have an outbreak while on a 10 day regimen of valtrex ?

Other medications: There are multiple anti-viral medications available nand others can be tried when one does not seem effective. See your doctor if you continue to have symptoms. ...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