Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Cancer, HPV Testing, and HPV Vaccines : Frequently Asked Questions

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Will HPV affect my pregnancy or my baby?

HPV does not directly affect the chances of getting pregnant.

If HPV leads to cervical changes that need to be treated, the treatment should not affect your chances of getting pregnant. But if you have many treatments and biopsies, which can happen with more frequent screening, the risk of pre-term labor and low birth weight babies can go up.

HPV is rarely passed from a mother to her baby. The rare cases where this has happened do not involve the types of HPV that can cause cancer. The section “How do you get genital HPV?” has more on how HPV is transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy.


Last Medical Review: 05/02/2013
Last Revised: 05/02/2013