Most women in the U.S. have heard of HPV and have likely been told by a healthcare provider how to prevent it through shots such as Gardasil. However, it is still one of the most common STIs in the country, with many people not even knowing they’ve contracted it. So what does this mean for the surrogacy process? Can you be a surrogate with HPV? In short, yes, you can!
While certain STIs can prevent you from getting pregnant or can be passed to a baby, it’s important to be aware of your health and how it can impact a surrogacy. Through our guide to HPV and surrogacy, we offer answers to many of your questions. You can ask your own questions by contacting us today.
Can You Be a Surrogate With HPV?
If you’ve been wondering if you can be a surrogate if you have HPV, you will likely be fine to do so. Most cases of HPV will not affect the ability to get pregnant or the baby’s development. It’s rare to transmit HPV to a baby through delivery. If you are experiencing genital warts due to HPV and experience a breakout prior to delivery, a surrogate would likely need to have a C-section.
In most situations, HPV will go away on its own without health problems. This can take up to two years. However, when genital warts appear it is likely that it will not go away without medical intervention and you will need to get diagnosed by a healthcare provider. In this case, it will likely not impact becoming a surrogate if you have HPV. It is important to be honest about a diagnosis when going through the application process. This will prevent any issues coming up during your initial screening and any other medical test through the process.
Our Screening Process and Becoming a Surrogate with HPV
In our thorough screening process, we prioritize comprehensive healthcare evaluations that encompass various aspects, including Human Papillomavirus (HPV) assessment. Our screening procedures involve a medical exam conducted by experienced medical professionals. This evaluation isn't meant to disqualify a potential surrogate; instead, it aims to gain a clear understanding of your condition.
Should HPV be identified, our dedicated team collaborates closely with healthcare experts to formulate tailored care plans, ensuring that the surrogate receives appropriate guidance and support throughout the surrogacy journey. Our goal is to prioritize the health and safety of both the surrogate and the intended parents' future child, providing comprehensive assistance to manage HPV effectively within this context.
You can learn more about our screening process here.
Will HPV Affect Pregnancy or Delivery?
HPV can be divided into two types: high-risk and low-risk. If you test positive for one of the high-risk forms of HPV that are associated with cervical cancer, your doctor will monitor you closely throughout your pregnancy to watch for a change in cervical tissue.
If you have genital warts, your doctor will monitor these as well to ensure they don’t increase in size. You may also need to undergo a C-section as to not transmit the virus to the baby. Following the birth, your doctor will conduct a Pap test a couple of weeks after childbirth.
Don’t let having HPV prevent you from becoming a surrogate. Get started on your surrogacy journey. Contact us today to get started.