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Kawani3792
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I know my mom has issues with genital warts, from comments she's made about having to get them frozen off while pregnant with me. I'm noticing a lot of small bumps at my genital area, and I've been wondering-is genital warts genetic? As in, could my mother have passed it on to me? I was delivered via c-section, so I was never in direct contact with that area. Or could it have been transferred by using the same toilet?

Or am I just hugely over-reacting to some completely normal bumps? I haven't shaved recently and they aren't in the area that ingrown hairs or something would be anyways. One of them fell off a while back, just a small bit of excess skin, basically. I'm kind of confused about this?

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Heather
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HPV is not genetic. HPV is something someone has to acquire through contact with HPV. The risk of HPV transmission to an infant during childbirth is very low, mostly because even if and when it is passed to an infant, they usually clear the virus easily.

Have you yet been sexually active in any way with partners? If you have HPV -- a big if -- that'd be the way you most likely acquired it. Have you ever had a healthcare provider look at these bumps for you?

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Kawani3792
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Never. I've never even had a significant other that went beyond kissing, and that was only one person. So, no.
And no, I haven't. I haven't broached the subject of going to a gynecologist since I tried to mention it to my mom and she said that I didn't really want to and that talking about it made her uncomfortable. My mom is...less comfortable with her body than I am. I would ask to go to the family doctor, but I'm really uncomfortable with someone I know doing that sort of checkup, and also I would have to explain why I want to go and again, my mom...

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You don't have to discuss why you want to see a gynecologist if that makes you uncomfortable. You can just let your mother know that regular reproductive healthcare is important, and that it's usually recommend you start getting that healthcare once you start menstruating.

You also don't necessarily need your mother's involvement, if she's not up for that. You could also just ask her for your insurance information, and then make an appointment yourself.

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