Genital Warts in Women

Genital Warts In Women

genital warts in women

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is pretty common in both men and women.

Passed on most often through vaginal and anal sex, the HPV virus impacts most sexually active people which may cause genital warts in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of us will develop one of the many different strains of the virus.

Because it usually has no signs or symptoms, though, many of those who do come into contact with the virus are completely in the dark about it.

There are more than 100 different strains of HPV, but only a third of those strains are associated with genital warts.

And of those who contract an HPV virus linked to genital warts, only about 5 percent will actually develop warts.

Facts About Genital Warts In Women

The different forms of genital warts in women which can appear in or around the vagina, vulva and anus, and are often so small that they go unnoticed.

According to experts:

  • Two-thirds of all genital warts in women occur near the vulva.
  • One-third of all genital warts are found inside the vagina
  • One out of three cases of genital warts occur between the vagina and anus
  • One-fourth of genital wart cases in women are found around the anus.
  • One in 10 cases of genital warts occur in or around the cervix.
  • Rarely, women experience genital warts at the opening of the urethra.

While most genital warts are usually painless, those found inside the vagina or anus can cause discomfort. And still, even if genital warts do not cause pain, they can be debilitating and embarrassing, since they most often occur when women are younger, between the ages of 18 and 33, and might not be comfortable talking to their sexual partners about their condition.

How do you know if you have genital warts?

Genital warts caused by the HPV virus are skin-colored growths located in or around the genital and anal areas. They tend to appear in clusters three or four, although they can appear as a single growth, and some will have only one or two warts, while others develop many single warts.

The warts are highly contagious, so it’s important to treat them before resuming a sexual relationship to reduce the risk of passing the virus along to a partner. (Many experts agree that HVP is less likely to be passed on to a partner of genital warts are not present.)

How is HPV passed on?

Sexually-transmitted HPV viruses – including those linked to genital warts - are spread through contact with infected genital skin, mucous membranes or bodily fluids. The virus can be passed on through intercourse as well as oral sex, and although a condom offers some protection from the virus, the may not cover the entire infected area, so it is not 100 percent effective.

The time from exposure to the HPV virus and the appearance of genital warts can range from a few weeks to months or years.

Some people who carry the virus can transmit it to others who develop genital warts without ever developing warts themselves.

Still others can carry the HPV virus before engaging in sexual activity, making it difficult to pinpoint when and from whom an infection might have occurred.

Genital warts and pregnancy

For pregnant women, genital warts can be particularly problematic.

Warts can continue to grow throughout the pregnancy, and those located near or around the urethra can make it difficult or painful to urinate.

Too, warts located in or around the vagina can cause vaginal tissue to be less able to stretch during childbirth, potentially requiring a cesarean section.

There is also a chance – albeit a small one - that women can pass on the HVP virus to their babies during childbirth.

HPV and cancer in women

For women, some strains of HPV are linked to cervical cancer making the virus particularly dangerous.

The risk of cervical cancer is so high, experts say, because the cells of the cervix are naturally prone to change. The cells can become abnormal when infected with HPV, leading them to precancerous or cancerous cell changes.

The strains of HPV that are linked to cervical cancer are in most cases not the same as those that cause genital warts in women, so if you have genital warts, you should not be overly concerned that those warts will turn cancerous.

In order to prevent cervical cancer, it’s important to have regular Pap tests to both determine exposure to HPV and to take steps to prevent abnormal cells from becoming cancerous.

Tyginta treats genital warts in two ways

Although treatments for genital warts – including Tyginta – do not eliminate the HPV virus, they can remove genital warts, restoring your confidence and sense of well-being. By eradicating existing warts, Tyginta has the potential to stimulate your body’s immune response, helping to control the infection and prevent future outbreaks.

Tyginta is a wart serum that combines two popular – and powerful – ingredients for warts, tinctures of both arborvitae and celandine. The two, one from the cypress family, the other from an herbaceous perennial, fight is a variety of different ways to target the surface and root of your genital warts, encouraging healthy skin growth while eradicating the growths.

It is easy to use – Tyginta is applied with a brush similar to nail polish – and is can be used in the privacy of your own home.

It also has no side effects, such as the potential for scarring that can occur with common treatments including freezing, burning or shaving off the warts. These options only treat the wart’s surface, while Tyginta goes below the skin’s surface to reach the root, attacking the wart at its core.

Women with more than one sex partner — or whose partners have more than one sex partner — should have regular exams for STDs, including genital warts.

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