Can You Still Get Pregnant If You Have Herpes?

Herpes usually doesn't impact your ability to get pregnant. via

Should I have a baby if I have herpes?

A mother can infect their baby during delivery, sometimes fatally. But if a woman had genital herpes before getting pregnant, or if they are first infected early in pregnancy, the chance that their baby will be infected is very low -- less than 1%. via

What are the chances of passing herpes to your baby?

If a woman does have a history of herpes before pregnancy but has no sores at the time of delivery, she should be reassured – the risk of transferring it to her baby during birth is less than 1 percent. via

Does pregnancy make herpes worse?

The hormonal, immune, and other physical changes that occur during pregnancy, as well as the overall toll of growing a baby, are also thought to contribute to a greater frequency of active herpes infections. The virus remains dormant between outbreaks until reactivated. via

Can I date someone with herpes?

Between outbreaks, it's OK to have sex, as long as your partner understands and accepts the risk that they may contract herpes. For example, as long as you don't have herpes sores on your mouth, you can perform oral sex on your partner, including when you have an outbreak of genital symptoms. via

How did I get herpes if my partner doesn't have it?

If you do not have herpes, you can get infected if you come into contact with the herpes virus in: A herpes sore; Saliva (if your partner has an oral herpes infection) or genital secretions (if your partner has a genital herpes infection); via

What is the main cause of herpes?

Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Sexual contact is the primary way that the virus spreads. After the initial infection, the virus lies dormant in your body and can reactivate several times a year. via

How do you permanently get rid of herpes?

  • Acyclovir.
  • Famciclovir.
  • Valacyclovir.
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    Can I breastfeed if I have herpes?

    Herpes simplex virus (HSV) in infants can be severe. Mothers with HSV can continue to breastfeed if no lesions are present on the breasts and if lesions elsewhere on the body are carefully and fully covered. via

    What does herpes look like in a baby?

    The first symptom is usually a rash of small, fluid-filled blisters. The blisters can also appear inside the mouth and around the eyes. This close-up of a newborn's mouth shows sores on and under the upper lip caused by herpes simplex virus. via

    How can I prevent passing herpes to my baby?

  • do not kiss any babies.
  • wash your hands before contact with a baby.
  • wash your hands before breastfeeding.
  • cover up any cold sores, lesions or signs of a herpes infection anywhere on your body to avoid passing on the virus.
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    Are herpes bad?

    Herpes isn't deadly and it usually doesn't cause any serious health problems. While herpes outbreaks can be annoying and painful, the first flare-up is usually the worst. For many people, outbreaks happen less over time and may eventually stop completely. via

    Is it safe to take herpes medication while pregnant?

    Long-term suppressive therapy can significantly reduce these outbreaks and is likely safe during pregnancy. Acyclovir (Zovirax) and valacyclovir (Valtrex) are the drugs most commonly used for herpes outbreak suppression and treatment during pregnancy. These drugs help reduce how active the virus is. via

    How do I deal with herpes while pregnant?

  • Don't touch the sores.
  • Keep them clean and dry.
  • Do not have sexual contact with anyone until you are completely healed.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
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    Do doctors test for herpes during pregnancy?

    HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B will be done early in the pregnancy. HIV, syphilis, GC and Chlamydia will also be offered in the third trimester. Herpes testing is not routinely done but is important to do if you have not had herpes but your partner has. Please let your doctor know about this situation. via