Genital warts are among the most commonly spread STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) also referred to as STIs (sexually transmitted infections.)
These are caused by a virus known as the human papilloma virus or HPV for short. There are more than 100 strains of HPV , but the genital warts are caused by two types only: type 6 & 11.
According to the US Center of Diseases Control and Prevention, genital warts are flat and papular. They are pedunculated growths on the genital mucosa. They usually occur in the following parts of the body.
- Foreskin of uncircumcised penis
- Shaft of penis
- Perianal skin
According to Webmd.com HPV during pregnancy does not affect the developing baby. HPV infection in the form of genital warts also does not affect the way a women is cared for when she is pregnant.
Webmd further states that generally a women who tries to be pregnant does not need any HPV tests. The Pap tests will show if there are any abnormalities. In case any abnormalities are detected, the doctor may conduct further test for further examination.
It has also been suggested that there is no link between an HPV infection and miscarriage, premature delivery or other related complications. There are chances of transmitting the virus to the baby, but such chances are very low, maintains Webmd.
BUPA, a well known health organization in the UK, also suggests that the chances of transmitting genital warts to the baby by pregnant women is rare.
If a women gets warts during pregnancy, the treatment shall depend upon the size, severity and abnormality of the genital warts. In case of small warts, these may be left untreated. However, if they become large, spread to other areas or create an obstruction in the vagina, doctors might try to remove them. (source: Webmd)
Genital warts, during pregnancy, may grow larger in size and spread to other areas due to hormonal changes.
How to Treat Genital Warts During Pregnancy?
Pregnant women undergo hormonal changes during pregnancy, especially during the first few weeks. Due to such hormonal changes, a pregnant women feels morning sickness, nausea, tiredness and some other minor symptoms.
It is very important not to take any kind of self-medication during pregnancy. It is absolutely important to consult your qualified health professional in case of health issues while your are pregnant. This will ensure to safeguard you and your baby’s health.
In case of genital warts in pregnancy, do not use any home remedies, over the counter medication or self treatment unless you have consulted your doctor. Your doctor or obstetrician is the best person to give you advice if you catch HPV infection or see symptoms of genital warts.