I have got a query regarding HPV. I recently tested positive with no cell changes. We were planning for a baby. Is it risky to go ahead, could it cause a miscarriage or any future complications? How long does it take for the virus to clear itself?
Having HPV (human papillomavirus infection) does not necessarily mean that you will have complications during pregnancy or that it will affect your ability to conceive. However, some strains of HPV can cause cervical changes that may lead to preterm labor or low birth weight. In many cases, HPV will clear on its own within two years without causing any health problems. However, some women may continue to have HPV for longer periods of time. Your immune system plays a key role in clearing the virus, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle and managing any underlying health conditions can help support your body's natural defenses. The HPV vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV, so it's still possible to contract the virus even if you have been vaccinated. Additionally, the vaccine is most effective when given before exposure to the virus, so if you were already exposed to HPV before receiving the vaccine, it may not provide full protection. In summary, the average time for the virus to clear varies, but most cases clear within two years. While the HPV vaccine is an effective tool for preventing certain types of HPV, it may not provide full protection against all strains of the virus.
My report says I do not have any changes to the cells on my cervix. As I do not know when I got this virus or whether it was lying dormant. My report does not reveal if I have a high-risk or a low-risk HPV. I do have a healthy boy but I did have a miscarriage last year. I do not know if HPV might have caused it or due to my really low immunity while I was going through a miscarriage it may have caused the HPV virus to become active again in my system. I wanted your advice on this as the internet has got so many different views and I do not know which one to believe. I am attaching my smear result report for your reference.
I'm not sure if you received my follow-up query. The following is what my concern was: My report says I do not have any changes to the cells on my cervix. As I do not know when I got this virus or whether it was lying dormant. My report does not reveal if I have a high-risk or a low-risk HPV. I do have a healthy boy but I did have a miscarriage last year. I do not know if HPV might have caused it or due to my really low immunity while I was going through a miscarriage it may have caused the HPV virus to become active again in my system. I wanted your advice on this as the internet has got so many different views and I do not know which one to believe. I am attaching my smear result report for your reference.
I can see the attachments (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) now. It is good news that your smear test result showed no changes to the cells on your cervix. This means that there are no signs of pre-cancerous or cancerous cells and that you are at low risk of developing cervical cancer at this time. However, it is important to note that HPV is a common virus, and it is possible that you may have been infected with the virus at some point in the past, even if you are not currently showing any signs of it. There are many different strains of HPV, and not all of them are at high risk for causing cancer. Your smear test report does not mention whether you have a high or low-risk strain of HPV. Generally speaking, low-risk HPV strains may cause genital warts or it may be asymptomatic too(as in your case), but are not associated with an increased risk of cervical cancer. In a follow-up Pap smear, if it turns out negative, then it was a low-risk virus. Regarding your miscarriage, It does not directly lead to HPV infection. And HPV cannot lead to miscarriage either. In rare cases, severe cases of cervical cancer can cause complications during pregnancy, including miscarriage. But your PAP (Papanicolaou test) did not show any atypical cells. So in your case, there was no relation between HPV and miscarriage. And most cases of HPV do not lead to cancer, and the majority of women who are infected with HPV do not experience any significant health problems. It is possible that a weakened immune system due to the miscarriage may have allowed the HPV virus to become active again if you had been previously infected only. Miscarriage is a common occurrence, and there are many different factors that can contribute to it, including hormonal imbalances, and genetic factors (not a low-risk HPV). I hope this clears your doubt.
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