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How can I treat genital herpes during pregnancy?

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Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alysia Townsend
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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Antiviral medication

Treatment of active outbreaks is similar during pregnancy.
The same antiviral medications are typically used to treat a current outbreak. In order to suppress outbreaks near delivery, a daily dose of antiviral medication may be prescribed. If there is an outbreak at the time of delivery, a c section will likely be recommended.

In brief: Antiviral medication

Treatment of active outbreaks is similar during pregnancy.
The same antiviral medications are typically used to treat a current outbreak. In order to suppress outbreaks near delivery, a daily dose of antiviral medication may be prescribed. If there is an outbreak at the time of delivery, a c section will likely be recommended.
Dr. Craig Keathley
Dr. Craig Keathley
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Valacyclovir

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.

In brief: Valacyclovir

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.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Acyclovir

Acyclovir or valcyclovir are standard treatments.
You should take them prophylactically during the last month of pregnancy to avoid getting an outbreak in labor. If you happen to have an outbreak while in labor, a c-section is recommended.

In brief: Acyclovir

Acyclovir or valcyclovir are standard treatments.
You should take them prophylactically during the last month of pregnancy to avoid getting an outbreak in labor. If you happen to have an outbreak while in labor, a c-section is recommended.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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