Can a doctor tell if you have hpv during pregnancy or will it show up later?

by Rachel on January 25, 2011

I had my son almost 2 years ago I just want to know if during prenatal care if you had hpv will a doctor be able to let you know. I know it is common and i just wanted to know if it would have showed up.

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Arica and Ryan D January 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm

When I was pregnant with my first son, they did a pap and told me I have hpv, and told me it was common during pregnancy and would go away. I had a pap down 6 wks after he was born, and the pap came back normal. Hope this helps! :-)

teddy8861 January 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm

when they do your pap on your first visit they should be able to tell. If it develops later you will have symptoms let them know and they will do another and check. research hpv and see if you have the symptoms first.

kmounse January 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I found out I had HPV when I was pregnant. However, I had abnormal paps in the beginning of my pregnancy; specifically, the condition was called mild dysplasia, and cleared up on its own eventually. Before I was pregnant, I had faithfully gotten pap smears every year since I was a teenager (I’m 29 now), and it never showed up until I was pregnant. Go figure.

24 wks and counting! January 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

When you go in for your initial visit the dr should do a pap, if you havent had one recently, and a blood test to ensure that you are free of all diseases, including HPV. If you have had a recent pap then she may not do one during your pregnancy. The best thing that you can do is talk to your dr and see if she will do one, for your own comfort. I was told I had HPV with slight displasia about 3 weeks before I got pregnant, so to see the progression of it, they did another one at my 20wk appt. If you feel for any reason that you have or could have HPV or any other disease it is very very good to go ahead and mention that to your dr so that they can test you. By the way, just becuase you have HPV does not mean that you will have symptoms of it. Different strands do different things to your body.

Erinn January 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Yes! I had an abnormal PAP smear that showed links to HPV performed during my pregnancy. However, my doctor wants to wait until after the baby is born to perform any other tests.

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