Human papillomavirus (HPV) does not directly affect periods. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that affects the skin and mucous membranes, primarily in the genital area. It can cause genital warts and has been linked to various cancers, including cervical cancer.
However, certain treatments for HPV-related conditions, such as cryotherapy or laser treatment, may temporarily affect the menstrual cycle. These treatments can cause inflammation and irritation in the genital area, which may result in changes in menstrual flow or timing. It is important to discuss any concerns about your menstrual cycle with your healthcare provider if you are receiving treatment for HPV-related conditions.