Possible Genital Warts during Pregnancy

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I had a prenatal exam today where my doctor did a Group B Strep culture and told me that I had what looked like genital warts to her but that there was only one there.

As far as I know, it hasn't there when I've gone for PAP smears and this is the first time it was noticed. The last time she had me in for a PAP smear was way back in like February or March.

She asked me if I've noticed it or if my boyfriend has noticed it and neither one of us have. If either of us had noticed it, one of us would have said something.

My doctor says that it SOMETIMES happens with pregnant women and that when they deliver, it USUALLY goes away.

I don't know what to do or think. Both me and my boyfriend are clean; neither one of us has any form of an STD.

Is it possible that what she saw is just a mole or something? I've got moles on my back, on my arms, on my legs. Is it possible to get them down there too?

I don't know what to do or think. Both me and my boyfriend are clean; neither one of us has any form of an STD. It scares me because I've always been told that there's no cure for it; that they don't go away. Why all of a sudden would I get one?

I've wanted to cry ever since I found out this morning but my boyfriend would have asked me what was wrong and I don't wanna tell him...not yet...not ever. I know i'm gonning have to tell him if it doesn't go away when i have the baby and I'm scared.

ANSWER

If you are really worried, you can request that your provider biopsy the lesion to find out for sure exactly what it is, and then you may be able to quit worrying about it. Let's hope!

-- 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.