Vagina Warts and the Problems They Can Cause

Noticing warts anywhere on your body can be distressing but it can be even more of a problem if they are located in areas like the vagina. Even though warts in the genital area are the result of the most common sexually transmitted infection, it doesn\’t make it any easier for someone that has the condition. While genital warts do affect both males and females, there are some specific issues for women that have vagina warts.

Genital warts are the result of a virus known as HPV (the human papilloma virus) that is not treatable with antibiotics. While a lot of women get over HPV without too many issues or symptoms, it is important to get proper medical assessment and advice if you think you could have the virus. There is always a small risk that it could be a signal of other conditions like cervical cancer. Apart from getting piece of mind on that issue, it is also worth treating any vagina warts as soon as possible to stop them growing into clusters and causing other problems.

Women can have warts both in and around the vagina. This includes the lips around the entrance (the vulva), plus the cervix and anus. The growths are likely to be small and gritty-like in the early stages but they can grow and become more frond like. If you do not treat them, they have potential to join together and they then look like very small cauliflowers. Generally they shouldn\’t be too painful although they could by uncomfortable and somewhat itchy. There are no clear rules, so anyone contracting HPV could have no visible warts while someone else may have many growing together. Vagina warts can be hard to determine initially as they can be relatively flat and located in the inside area of the vagina. It is normally advisable to have a smear test that will determine any potential issues of concern.

There is always a chance that you will not have any significant or noticeable symptoms with your genital warts, although you could get an uncomfortable sensation when urinating. There could even be some minor bleeding or discharge. You could also notice bleeding and significant discomfort during intercourse. It is always worth getting yourself and your partner checked out if you think that any of the symptoms might apply to you. Avoiding the issue will not make it better or help it to go away.

Pregnant women are also open to further complications if their warts are not treated. Any bigger growths are likely to be even more irritating and could become an issue when you go to the bathroom. They can even reduce the elasticity of the vagina walls which then leads to problems during the delivery process. If they grow too significantly, they can get to the stage that they become a genuine obstruction to the birth. They even have potential to harm the baby, although this is relatively rare. Babies have been known to contract HPV in their throat (known medically as laryngeal papillomatosis) from contact with vagina warts during delivery.

As you can see, it is vital that you seek some type of treatment for vagina warts if you think that you have them or if you might have the underlying virus that causes them.

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