Genital Warts are growths found in the pubic area. Of all sexually transmitted diseases, these warts are the most common. It isn’t necessarily cancerous and isn’t considered life threatening. In most cases, the warts are destroyed by a healthy immune system and go away without detection. Nevertheless, for those cases where treatment is necessary, Wartrol offers an option in treatment.
What Causes These Warts?
Almost half the population who do become sexually active will contract Genital Warts according to information released by the CDC (Center for Disease Control). It is estimated that over 500,000 new cases are reported annually.
These warts are caused by the HPV, in particular HPV 6 and 11. There are over 150 strands of HPV and 40 of which affect this area. HPV 6 and 11 are directly associated and always present in those with warts of the genitals.
What do they Look Like?
Some Warts are so small that they aren’t noticeable. In fact, it could take up to six months or as little as six weeks after exposure for symptoms to appear. If they do appear, they are usually flesh colored, resemble other warts, and could have a cauliflower appearance and have round raised bumps. However, they can also be flat. Swelling is also possible in the infected areas.
Do They Cause Pain?
In most cases, there are no symptoms and when warts appear, they may not cause any pain. However, there have been reported cases where itching and pain are present depending on where the warts are located in the pubic area. Intercourse can be painful while the Warts are present.
Where are they Most Located?
As suggested by the name, these warts are located in the genital areas.
- Warts can appear in the vagina, on the vulva, anus and the cervix
- The tip or shaft of the penis and the anus can be affected.
- Men and Women both can have warts within the mouth due to oral sex.
- Because a person with warts could show no symptoms, spreading the infection is strongly possible without intent. In fact, a person may not know that he or she have them, which means determining when he or she became infected may be difficult. Therefore, if your partner or you are diagnosed with HPV it isn’t a sign that someone has been unfaithful.
- Genital Warts are spread via skin-to-skin contact and same sex couples are not safe either.
- It isn’t necessary for partners to be tested but if diagnosed it is recommend that you notify all partners. However, being tested for other STDs is recommended.
- If left untreated, certain types of HPV could advance to cancer.
Women who can Become Pregnant
- Genital Warts will not stop a woman from becoming pregnant but warts can complicate a pregnancy and cause pain depending on their location.
- Warts can grow quicker during pregnancy
- Some women report problems with urination if warts are enlarged.
- If warts are present on the vaginal wall, this could prevent the walls from stretching during the normal birthing process.
- In very rare cases, the newborn develops warts in the throat causing breathing problems. However, your doctor may elect to perform a cesarean section to prevent this.
- Removing the warts before delivery to prevent bleeding is also something that your doctor may discuss with you.
A doctor can diagnose STD Warts visually. For women, a pelvic exam is given. Some instances a skin sample might be taken to further rule out other possibilities. For men, it is best to ask for a STD test if you suspect exposure and there are no visual signs.
Genital Warts treatment, if necessary can be a recommendation from your doctor. But, in most cases people elect to wait for warts to disappear on their own. Several options outside a doctor’s prescription, such as Wartrol , are available. If you elect to treat your Warts, know that it is possible for warts to return after treatment, as the virus may be still present. If this should be the case, you can repeat the process. Again you may see your doctor also on how to treat Genital Warts.
Abstinence from all sexual play with a partner is the only method that is 100% preventative. Although the following preventative methods can help they are not full proof.
- The HPV vaccine is available for both sexes and is recommended before sexual contact in girls age 11-12 and in boys ages 9-26.
- Refrain from all sexual contact until warts are gone.
- Always use a condom
- Refrain from sex with multi partners
- Find out the sexual history of a potential sexual partner