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Is vaginal delivery safe if you have herpies?
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
10 doctors agree
In brief: Yes if no outbreaks
Vaginal delivery is the recommended route of delivery unless you have an active herpes outbreak while you in labor.
If there is an active outbreak at that time then a C-section should be done. Risk can be decreased by taking prescription medication called Valtrex (valacyclovir) once daily starting at 36 weeks gestation.

In brief: Yes if no outbreaks
Vaginal delivery is the recommended route of delivery unless you have an active herpes outbreak while you in labor.
If there is an active outbreak at that time then a C-section should be done. Risk can be decreased by taking prescription medication called Valtrex (valacyclovir) once daily starting at 36 weeks gestation.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Brian Enggano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes if no lesions
You should not have a vaginal delivery if you have active genital herpes.
You should intead have a c-section. This is to prevent vertical transmission to your baby. If you have previously had a herpes outbreak but no lesions now, you can have a vaginal delivery. If this is the case, you will also be on suppressive therapy to prevent any outbreaks around your due date.

In brief: Yes if no lesions
You should not have a vaginal delivery if you have active genital herpes.
You should intead have a c-section. This is to prevent vertical transmission to your baby. If you have previously had a herpes outbreak but no lesions now, you can have a vaginal delivery. If this is the case, you will also be on suppressive therapy to prevent any outbreaks around your due date.
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Dr. Brian Enggano
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