Warts come in different types and forms which you should consider knowing. There are warts that can easily be seen and treated but there are some which are not. One of those hard to find warts is genital warts, which the name depicts, is located on human’s genital area. There are symptoms and causes of gential warts in women that you should be aware of to at least diagnose yourself and go to doctor when help is needed.
Causes of Genital Warts
Warts have the same causes and that is because of the existence and interference of human papillomavirus (HPV) in your body. You might think there is only one strain of HPV that hits the genital area, but you are wrong. As per a study, there are more than 40 strains of HPV that can affect genital areas. This type of wart is spread through sexual contract. In some cases, your immune system fights back HPV so you might never develop any symptoms of this infection.
Symptoms of Genital Warts
Knowing the symptoms would better guide you on what to do next. Genital warts in women usually grow on the walls of the vagina which is known as the vulva. Common symptoms that you might feel when you are having genital warts are:
- Bleeding when having sexual intercourse
- Discomfort or itching in your genital area
- Several warts close and go together forming a cauliflower-like shape
- Gray, fresh-colored, or small swellings in your genital area
When left untreated, it is not only irritation or discomfort that you might feel for it might be worst. Genital warts can lead to cervical cancer. The virus usually does not lead to cancer but it is important for a woman to have regular visits to their doctor to have pap smears.
Women will also have a problem during pregnancy if they have existing genital warts. This wart can enlarge giving you difficulty in urinating. Warts on the vaginal area will be a problem since there might be a difficulty for the vaginal tissues to stretch during delivery. It can cause bleeding when stretched during childbirth.
It is not about the pregnancy but also to the newborn baby that this genital wart will have a problem. The newborn baby born to a mother with genital warts have the chance to develop warts on his or her throat and surgery is needed for the baby’s airway not to be blocked.