Here’s the bad news: Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus that can cause us cervical and possibly vaginal and vulvar cancers, as well as genital warts, and it is much more common than most women realize. It is predicted that 80% of sexually active people will be infected with HPV at some point in their life. There are over 150 different types of HPV, most of which will not cause us problems; however, there are certain HPV types that can cause cervical and possibly vaginal and vulvar pre-cancer and cancers. For instance, HPV types 16 and 18 accounts for nearly 70% of cervical cancers and HPV types 6 and 11 account for 90% of genital warts. Seven Oaks Women’s Center offers HPV testing.
So what’s the good news? We can do something to protect ourselves and our loved ones from being infected by HPV. In the United States, there are 3 approved HPV vaccines, of which, Seven Oaks carries the vaccine that covers the most HPV types: Gardasil 9. This vaccine protects us from the most common types of HPV to cause cervical cancer and genital warts.
As of 2019, most insurance companies have extended the coverage of the HPV vaccine to women ages 9-45 (previously, the vaccine was only offered to women up to the age of 26). The vaccine is a 3 shot series with the second vaccine given 1-2 months after the first and the third vaccine is given 6 months after the first. If a woman has previously received any of the vaccines in the series but has not yet completed the series by the recommended time intervals, it is not recommended to restart the vaccine series, but rather just finish it.
Studies have already demonstrated the dramatic effect this vaccine has on reducing the number of HPV infections and subsequent cervical cancers that we see, not just in the United States, but worldwide. If you have not been vaccinated, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Please ask your provider more about how you can be vaccinated today!
If your Pap test shows abnormal cells, additional tests may be performed. These tests include:
Colposcopy: A colposcopy closely examines the vagina, vulva, and cervix by using a lighted magnifying instrument called a colposcope.
LEEP (Loop Electro-Surgical Excision Procedure): A small electrical wire loop is used to remove tissue and precancerous cells from the cervix.
Conization: Also known as a cone biopsy, conization removes a cone-shaped section of precancerous tissue high in the cervix to provide a biopsy sample for laboratory examination to tell if cancer is present.
HPV Treatment Options
Although there is no treatment for the virus itself, the cell changes caused by HPV (ex: warts) can be treated. Pre-cancer cell changes can be also identified beforehand by Pap tests and treated. HPV vaccines can prevent infection with the types of HPV most likely to cause cancer and genital warts, although the vaccines are most effective when given at a younger age. Consider having HPV testing at your next appointment.
HPV infections can go away on their own with the help of your immune system and in most cases, it can clear within 18 to 24 months.
Contact Seven Oaks Women’s Center to discuss the options you have available.
We are now offering enhanced fun sonography portrait services for you!
Besides offering the 3D/4D photo session we currently offer, we are adding an Early Peek session between 16-18 weeks, for you to see your baby even earlier. The 3D/4D session is held during the 27-32 week timeframe.
These fun sessions are created for you to have keepsakes to share with your family.
This service is not billable to your insurance and payment is due at the time of service. Brochures are available at the clinic outlining the specifics.
Enjoy the Fun!
The Portal is Here!
Be sure when you receive your invite to the Portal, that you set up your Account as soon as you can to take advantage of the convenience of the Portal and its options available to you 24/7.
Take a look around the site and familiarize yourself with it…. Easy to use!
We would like our patients and their friends and families to be aware of an updated recommendation regarding the vaccination for pertussis, commonly known as “whooping cough”, during pregnancies.
In October 2012, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend that health care personnel should administer a dose of Tdap during each pregnancy irrespective of the patient’s prior history of receiving Tdap. To maximize the maternal antibody response and passive antibody transfer to the infant, optimal timing for Tdap administration is between 27 and 36 weeks gestation.
We agree with this recommendation and wish to remind all our pregnant patients that the Tdap vaccination should be administered during each pregnancy, even if you’ve received it in the past. Spouses, close relatives and other caregivers for your new baby should also receive the Tdap at least 2 weeks before coming into contact with the infant. Local pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS can administer the Tdap vaccine and no prescription or orders are needed from a doctor.
For more details on pertussis and the reason for this recommendation you may visit the CDC’s website at:
If you have further questions, please discuss them with the doctor or nurse practitioner at your next prenatal visit.