Contracting genital warts may be embarrassing but it may be some comfort to know that warts are the most common sexually transmitted infection. In other words, thousands of people are going through exactly what you are and there is no need to be unduly upset. Genital warts affect both men and women. In men, they congregate on the penis, scrotum and anal areas while in women they affect the vulva (the lips around the opening to the vagina), cervix, anus, as well as in and around the vagina.
Genital warts are the result of the human papilloma virus (HPV) which unfortunately cannot be counteracted with antibiotics. Many women recover from HPV infections with no problem at all as their immune system deals with it, yet if you believe you have the virus always seek professional diagnosis because there is the possibility it may be the precursor to cervical cancer. Even if there are no other health complications, the longer genital warts are allowed to grow unchecked, the more persistent they become and allowing them to grow into large clusters can cause health problems.
Genital warts can grow both on and in the vagina. They are small, gritty-like growths to begin with but then grow and become more frond like. If left untreated they can start to grow together and then start to resemble miniature cauliflowers. Sometimes they merely appear as flat and are not painful in themselves but can be itchy and slightly uncomfortable.
When someone contracts HPV it can cause just one wart to grow or it may trigger many warts to appear – there is no hard and fast rule. Vagina warts, however, are sometimes quite difficult to detect especially when they are flat and on the inner area of the vagina so it may be useful to have a smear test which can tell if there are any other abnormal signs you should be aware of.
You may never feel any adverse affects if you develop vagina warts, but, depending on their size, they can cause a burning sensation when urinating and sometimes can be accompanied by a discharge and bleeding. They may also lead to discomfort, bleeding and pain during intercourse. The only way forward is to get yourself medically checked out for you and your partner’s sake.
Complications can occur if you are pregnant and have left your vagina warts untreated. Large warts can be uncomfortable and during pregnancy can become larger making it difficult to spend a penny. The warts can make the walls of the vagina less elastic thereby causing unnecessary problems during delivery and, if they are very large, can actually become an obstruction during the birth.
As well as this, they may prove to be a danger to the baby. The following scenario is very rare; nevertheless it is still a possibility. A baby may become infected by vagina warts during delivery and then contract the virus themselves so warts start to grow in the throat (laryngeal papillomatosis). This is potentially a life threatening condition.
Obviously, when you suspect you may have HPV, it is best for everyone that you get professional advice as soon as possible.
© Megan Jackson
Megan is a teacher who likes to help people with genital warts issues. She is also a platinum-level expert author on EzineArticles.com which is the world’s largest article directory. Megan recommends using natural and homeopathic approaches such as Wartrol. For a special discount, just click here.