HPV and Pregnancy

HPV and Pregnancy

Many questions surround the topic of HPV infection and pregnancy.

Firstly, HPV does not interfere with a woman’s ability to get pregnant. But once you are, you realize that being pregnant has its own little difficulties and challenges by nature, and it is definitely not the most convenient time to be plagued with warts – of any kind.

The combination of warts and pregnancy doesn’t contribute much to “all that is good and exciting” about being an expectant mother.  On the contrary, it’s likely to cause the mother-to-be unwanted anxiety and stress.  Often though, warts get better on their own soon after delivery.

Here, I hope to provide you with some useful information, and possibly a few ‘pearls’…


Wart Removal During Pregnancy

Naturally you want a treatment that is safe, safe safe!

You should know up front that I am a huge advocate of natural wart removal remedies, especially for safe wart removal during pregnancy.

I truly think it is important to be careful of what products you use.


Everything that you ingest and everything that you put on your skin is absorbed into your body, which of course can have an affect on your unborn baby.  For that reason, treating warts while pregnant is hard.

Most over the counter wart remedies contain harsh chemicals such as salicylic acid which actually burns the wart.  It is strong enough to damage the healthy skin (if left unprotected) around the wart itself, so one must wonder about absorption and the possibility of triggering health problems for the developing baby.

Another option is to have your warts treated surgically by burning, freezing or laser which must be performed by your health care provider.  This option is time-consuming, can be painful and is not always effective since the warts sometimes return after treatment.

Therefore, dermatologists generally favor natural treatments, which are totally liberated from side effects.



Genital Warts And Pregnancy

Throughout the pregnancy, the mothers immune system is more ‘fragile’ than it typically is.  It has a lot going on and sometimes if a person is contaminated with any strain of the HPV virus, warts could appear even when there was none before.  If there was any existing warts, they could proliferate.  This is true for both common and genital warts.

Typically, having genital warts doesn’t change your prenatal care or affect your baby’s health but you should let your OBGYN know about your condition.

The immediate concern most women have is for their baby.  In most cases, having the HPV  won’t affect your developing baby.  Although instances are rare, the baby could also develop warts in the throat but the risk to the baby is considered very low; even unlikely.  Even if babies contract the virus, their bodies usually clear it on their own.

It is possible that genital warts can cause other problems during pregnancy though.  They sometimes become larger or multiply due to hormone changes.  Sometimes they bleed.  Genital warts can manifest on the inner walls of the vagina and on the cervix as well as the outside of the vagina.  Because of this and depending on severity, they could cause some interference with urination. Warts along the vaginal wall may cause some obstruction during delivery because they may make the vagina less elastic and flexible and sometimes a Cesarean delivery may be recommended.

Treatment methods containing strong chemicals such as Podophyllin resin should not be used during pregnancy because it may be toxic to the baby.  Because of unknown possibility of birth defects caused by these substances to remove genital warts, your doctor may not recommend any treatment until after delivery.

If you suffer with genital warts, it is highly recommend that you see your gynecologist or family doctor so that you can discuss and fully understand the symptoms, risks and effects of venereal warts to both you and your baby.


Treating Warts While Pregnant – Common Warts

First and foremost, whether you are suffering from common warts or genital warts, it is necessary to boost your immune system, which is your front-line defense against any virus or bacteria.

Although there are some very good natural wart removal remedies formulated from essential oils, you should know that some of these oils should be avoided during pregnancy.

Therefore, the best option for common wart treatments is to choose natural remedies that are non-toxic and safe to use.  You may want to utilize natural treatments such as natural folk remedies, which have no side effects.

When in doubt, it’s probably a good idea to err on the side of caution.  For these reasons, you should get advice from your doctor before using any wart treatment, specifically those containing chemicals.