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Will i need a c-section when I have herpes?

Will i need a c-section when I have herpes?

Possibly: If a patient has an active outbreak of herpes in the genital tract at or near delivery, a decision may be made to undergo a c-section to decrease the risk of transmission of the herpes virus from mother to baby. ...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


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How likely is it to pass herpes 2 to your baby through a c-section?

How likely is it to pass herpes 2 to your baby through a c-section?

Very Unlikely: This is very unlikely and why we do c-sections if you have more questions - please ask. ...Read more

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I asked once but to make sure, herpes 2 no matter when contracted, even recently, is not likely to be passed to you baby through c-section right?

I asked once but to make sure, herpes 2 no matter when contracted, even recently,  is not likely to be passed to you baby through c-section right?

Correct: If you contracted herpes while pregnant, your child can have neonatal herpes passed through the placenta. However, if the infection is old, this will not happen. You can pass herpes to the child through the vaginal canal. Since a c-section avoids the vaginal canal, you cannot pass the herpes 2 virus via a c-section. ...Read more

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I have herpes and bladder problems can I just schedule a c section?

I have herpes and bladder problems can I just schedule a c section?

It's reasonable for : U to discuss that with your ob/gyn they should be happy to honor/address your concerns. ...Read more

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Is it medically necessary to tell my ob I have genital herpes before getting a c-section?

Is it medically necessary to tell my ob I have genital herpes before getting a c-section?

Absolutely yes!: C-section is sometimes done when there is a genital herpes outbreak at the time of labor, to prevent transmitting to the baby. That may make you think that if you're having a CS for other reasons, you don't need to say anything. Not true! Other precautions also may be wise, such as treatment with acyclovir near term. Any woman with GH should tell her Ob. (Almost all Ob's will ask anyway about GH.) ...Read more

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Having a genital herpes oubreak and I am due in 4 weeks. What can I do to speed up the healing so that I can delivery vaginally instead of a c-section?

Having a genital herpes oubreak and I am due in 4 weeks. What can I do to speed up the healing so that I can delivery vaginally instead of a c-section?

Medication : The herpes outbreak should be able to promptly treated with Acyclovir or Valtrex (valacyclovir). These medications are safe for use. Aftertreatment suppression therapy should be prescribed for the rest of the pregnancy ...Read more

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Is it safe for a pregnant woman with genital herpes to deliver her baby without having a c-section?

Is it safe for a pregnant woman with genital herpes to deliver her baby without having a c-section?

Genital herpes: If a woman with genital herpes has no active lesions at the time she goes into labor, a vaginal delivery is safe. Women with active herpes at the time of labor are delivered by c-section. Valtrex (valacyclovir) beginning at 36 weeks is being used to decrease the risk of active herpes at delivery. ...Read more

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I have genital herpes but can I still do IVF as long as I give birth c-section?

I have genital herpes but can I still do IVF as long as I give birth c-section?

Yes: You can have ivf even with a history of herpes. Lots of women give birth vaginally with a history of herpes so long as they are not having an active breakout at the time of delivery. Prophylactic medication can reduce the risks of transmission dramatically. ...Read more

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