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A recent study by the University of Gothenburg has found that women carrying the human papillomavirus (HPV) are at an increased risk of preterm birth.
According to statistics, about 80% of women experience HPV at least once in their lifetime.
HPV is a sexually transmitted infection, usually asymptomatic but may lead to cancer. HPV can cause cervical, vulval, vaginal, anal, or throat cancers. It may take years, even decades, to develop after a person gets HPV.
The research emphasizes that while the risk of preterm birth is small, it’s still important for younger women to get the HPV vaccine to protect against cancer and possible pregnancy problems.
Doctors further recommend periodic cervical examinations to monitor any risks. Women should also tell their doctors if they have had HPV or cervical changes so that they can be monitored during pregnancy.
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