Genital warts: An overview
Genital HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, and an estimated 20 million Americans between the ages of ages 15 to 29 currently have it.
While there are more than 100 different strains of the HPV virus – including those that can cause warts on the hands and feet – only a portion of those are sexually transmitted. Still, according to estimates, at least half of all sexually active men and women will develop genital HPV at some time in their lives, and in reality, the numbers are probably quite a bit higher.
According to Dr. Hunter Handsfield of the University of Washington in Seattle, “at least 80 percent of all humans catch genital HPV at least once, and probably around 20 percent of all Americans get genital warts.”
It is, he said in an online forum, “a normal and expected consequence of human sexuality.”
Where are genital warts found?
While most genital warts appear on the shaft of the penis in men or the vulva in women, they can also appear in other areas. For women, genital warts can turn up in and around the urethra, in and around the vagina, on or surrounding the cervix and in or around the anus.
For men, warts can develop on the head of the penis, under the foreskin, on the scrotum and in or around the anus.
Genital warts can also appear on the inner thigh or groin area in both men and women, or in the mouth or throat after having oral sex with someone infected with HPV.
What do genital warts look like?
Genital warts can appear in various shapes and sizes. Some will develop a few warts, while others will develop many warts.
Common signs include:
- Small, scattered bumps that are usually skin-colored or a bit darker.
- A cluster of bumps that resemble a cauliflower with a rough surface.
- Growths in the genital area that are either raised or flat.
- Clusters or single growths that have smooth surfaces.
Genital warts are usually soft growths, but because they are made from excess keratin, they may also be somewhat hard. While genital wartsoften have no symptoms, in some cases the warts may itch, burn, cause discomfort or bleed, especially those located in or around the anus.
While genital warts are usually skin-colored, the color may vary.
How are they transmitted?
Those who develop HPV – including the strains of the virus that are sexually transmitted - may or may not develop genital warts as a result of the infection. Only an estimated 5 to 10 percent of those with genital HPV do develop warts, but those who don’t can still pass the virus on to others, and their partners might develop genital warts as a symptom.
In almost all cases, genital warts are transmitted through penetrative vaginal or anal sex, though they can also be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact associated with foreplay.
According to most estimates, partners of those who have outbreaks of genital warts will themselves develop warts within eight months of initial exposure, if warts do develop.
Genital warts can clear up on their own within two years, but they can return, either as the result of a recurrence of the same HPV infection or due to a new one. About one-third of those who experience an outbreak of genital warts will see their warts return at some point, experts say.
It is also possible to transmit genital warts from mother to baby during childbirth, although a cesarean birth would prevent the transmission.
What are the symptoms?
In most cases, the warts themselves are the only symptom of HPV, and except in rare instances, there are usually no physical problems associated with a wart outbreak.
Warts are usually painless, but there can be some pain or discomfort, depending on the location of the genital wart. Warts located in or around the anus or urethra are most likely to result in pain.
But pain doesn’t have to be just physical, and according to numerous recent studies, anxiety and psychological distress are commonly associated with genital wart outbreaks, which can have a significant negative impact on quality of life.
Why choose Tyginta?
Tyginta is a serum that uses two ingredients that were specifically chosen for their long history of successfully treating genital warts.
Although Tyginta does not eliminate the HPV virus – once you have it, the virus is present in the body for life – it can erase the embarrassment of genital warts, restoring your self-confidence and restore your quality of life by giving you back your sexuality.
Tyginta may also help prevent future outbreaks, because as it works to eradicate existing warts, it stimulates your body’s immune response, helping keep the HPV virus under control.
Tyginta combines two powerful natural tinctures - arborvitae and celandine – the two work together to target even the most stubborn genital warts, tackling both the wart and the skin beneath it. Tyginta encourages the repair of existing skin cells and the generation of new cells while eradicating the warts.
It is easy to use – Tyginta is simply applied directly on the site of the wart with a brush – and it is completely private, so no one will know you’re treating genital warts but you.
Tyginta also does what many other treatment options don’t. Our innovative product penetrates deeply below the skin’s surface to reach the root, attacking the wart at its core. Others often only treat the surface of the wart, so it has the potential to return almost as quickly as it went, requiring more treatments.
If you’re experiencing the pain and stress of genital warts, Tyginta is for you.
Tyginta SHOULD NOT be used for the treatment of HPV-related warts in the mouth or throat.