If you were diagnosed with the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are trying to conceive, we explain in detail how this virus affects a woman’s fertility and whether it’s possible to get pregnant. We also bring you information on everything you need to keep in mind.
Does HPV affect a woman’s fertility?
You can get pregnant if you have HPV and don’t have symptoms, as HPV does not directly affect a woman’s fertility, nor is it a cause of miscarriage or fetal malformation. However, if a woman has HPV and becomes infected with another virus, for example, Chlamydia trachomatis, there is a risk of infertility.
Similarly, a woman with HPV may experience fertility issues if complications from the virus arise, such as cervical lesions or cervical cancer.
For precancerous lesions caused by HPV, doctors perform a minor procedure called a cone biopsy, which removes the lesions caused by the virus. This procedure has a low risk of causing cervical closure and resulting infertility.
Regarding men, HPV can cause fertility problems, as it leads to a decrease in semen quality, according to various studies.
Recommendations before getting pregnant if you have HPV
If you have HPV, don’t give up on your dream of becoming a mother. It’s just important to consult a doctor to avoid complications that could lead to infertility or other risks.
A timely consultation can enable the doctor to apply the appropriate treatment or intervention, increasing your chances of getting pregnant.
If you have HPV, we recommend considering the following suggestions before trying to conceive.
- Consult your gynecologist. After their evaluation, they will advise whether you are suitable to get pregnant or not.
- Women who have been vaccinated should wait to receive the last dose before trying for a baby.
- If you’ve had a cone biopsy, wait for the time recommended by your doctor before attempting to get pregnant. This way, you’ll avoid any risks.
- Avoid high-risk sexual activities (anal, oral, or vaginal). This way, you’ll have a lower chance of getting reinfected with another virus or type of HPV.
Does HPV affect pregnancy?
There is little chance that HPV will affect the normal course of a pregnancy. An important aspect to keep in mind is that a pregnant woman can contract the virus.
Reinfection with other viruses can cause pregnancy problems and also affect the fetus. Women who have had precancerous lesions treated with a cone biopsy are at risk of premature births.
A woman with HPV can have a vaginal delivery without any issues, except when genital lesions are very extensive. In this case, doctors recommend a cesarean section to prevent bleeding.
Regarding the risk of transmission to the baby, you shouldn’t worry. There is a low possibility of infection, and it doesn’t compromise their development. Monitoring before and during pregnancy is essential to avoid any complications.
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.
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