Does HVP Affect Fertility?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am sixteen years old. I know I shouldnt be having sex but started early. My boyfriend and I want a child but we know I'm too young and not ready for responsibility.

We had sex on the 11th of September and I got off my period the 10th. He ejaculated in me 3 times and we had sex again on the 14th. He ejaculated in me then.

Here's the problem. I'm not sure if I'm pregnant or how to find out, being that I had sex right after my period. That's one predicament. Second I had an abnormal papsmear a while ago and I had a colposcopy and I am scheduled for another papsmear on October 27th. They said they see signs of the HPV virus but they are not positive. Today is the 20th of September and I started bleeding lightly this morning and have been bleeding lightly ever since. Also I started lightly cramping.

Would this HPV situation affect me conceiving? Could I be pregnant? How long do I have to wait to find out?

ANSWER

HPV does not affect fertility.

You can take a pregnancy test once you miss your next period. Meanwhile, it sounds like you need effective contraception. Your privacy would be protected and if you can't afford going to a regular midwife or doctor, you might try Planned Parenthood or a community clinic where they have a sliding scale.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.