What are the current recommendations for IUDs for women with herpes simplex virus (HSV)? There is nothing I can find.
To my knowledge herpes simplex virus infections are not a reason to withhold insertion of an IUD and if a woman is a carrier of herpes it does not lead to IUD complications.
Am I correct Dr. Emily Godfrey, Dr. Lisa Haddad and Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo? Herpes is not mentioned at all in the
From Dr. Lisa Haddad on 4-21: “I am unaware of any reason to avoid insertion of the IUD with HSV. Please let me know if any of the other doctors have other evidence.”
From Dr. Emily Godfrey on 5-5: “Herpes is spread through skin-to-skin contact. And thus, it isn’t plausible that the HSV would spread to the uterus with IUD insertion. Presence of HSV should not be a contraindication to IUD insertion.”
From Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo on 5-6: “The answer is correct, there is no contraindication for IUD insertion in terms of genital herpes.”
Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Jeanne Marrazzo MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA
Division of Allergy and Infection Diseases
Lisa Blake Haddad, MD
Family Planning Fellow
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emily M. Godfrey MD, MPH, FAAFP
Associate Professor, Family Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
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