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How to Get Pregnant If You Have Herpes

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Having herpes during pregnancy can be devastating, not only physically but emotionally. It is also said that herpes can have devastating consequences for a newborn. Herpes also leads to infertility because it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which in turn can cause scarring, destruction and obstruction anywhere in the reproductive tract.

An infant can acquire herpes from the mother by contact with the birth canal during delivery. There is a high risk of transmission if the mother has an active outbreak, because the likelihood of viral shedding during an outbreak is high. There is also a small risk of transmission from asymptomatic shedding, such as when the virus reactivates without causing any symptoms.

If you have herpes and you want to get pregnant, here are the things you must do to help prevent the spread and minimize complications as much as possible.

Talk to your doctor

If you are pregnant and you-have genital herpes, you will want to talk with your doctor about how to manage the infection and minimize the risk to your baby.

Your doctor will also advice you with regards to treatment and the way your baby will be delivered to minimize infection. If a woman does have visible lesions or prodromal symptoms at delivery, a cesarean delivery is usually done to prevent the baby from coming into contact with the herpes virus.

Your doctor may also advice you regarding scalp electrodes. This instrument, which is used to monitor the baby's heartbeat, actually makes tiny punctures in the baby's scalp. Several studies have shown that those breaks in the skin may serve as routes of entry for herpes virus.

If you do not have presenting herpes lesions at the time of delivery, then you can be scheduled for vaginal delivery.

Prevention from your man

If your man has herpes, you can do the following to minimize transmission. The two of you should abstain from sex when you have active outbreaks. You should use condoms for intercourse between outbreaks and from intercourse during the last trimester. You should replace intercourse with alternatives to intercourse, such as touching, kissing, fantasizing, and massage.

If you have oral HSV-1, avoid oral sex when you have a cold sore. HSV-1 can spread to your partner's genital area.

Prepare yourself

First, you have to get yourself fit and healthy to survive the resulting infection. Next, you should minimize transmission to your baby. Also decide with your doctor on treatment options after your baby is born and regarding follow-up check-ups after delivery.