Signs and Symptoms of Genital Warts

Signs and Symptoms of Genital Warts
Huge genital wart

The symptoms of genital warts may sometimes appear without the warts themselves manifesting themselves.

On the other hand the converse is also true. The warts can sometimes show themselves without your having any of the symptoms associated with it.

That’s why even if you can’t see the warts but you have the symptoms, you should still go see a physician.

Guesswork is no substitution for a proper medical exam and by ruling out the fact that you might have genital warts, you can then move on to finding out what is causing such symptoms within you.

Indications for genital warts can sometimes take up to a few months to manifest itself. In these cases, you can unknowingly pass it on to your sexual partner.

And if you were recently in another relationship and your former partner has developed genital warts within the last few months, you might want to think about getting a check up for yourself.

This is a good idea even if you don’t have any visible symptoms or indications of genital warts as, like I mentioned, it can take a few months from the time of infection for the HPV to manifest itself.

Below is a list of the more common indications for genital warts.

  • Pink, or flesh colored lesions – these can be raised or flat
  • Moisture or dampness around the infected area
  • Single or multiple instances of warts, which can be large or small
  • The warts might sometimes have a cauliflower like appearance
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding after sexual intercourse
  • Vaginal bleeding not associated with menstrual bleeding
  • Papules on the penile shaft
  • Itching of the affected areas
  • A burning sensation

Warts can also be painless in nature although you might still have an itching sensation.

There can in some cases be a high level of irritation involved with the warts, or there can be no sensation at all. Raised cauliflower-like warts are not an uncommon sight, just as warts that are small and flat are also seen quite often.

Where genital warts occur

Genital warts male
Genital warts (men)

Alright, so the name says it all and you would expect to find genital warts on your genital area.

The whole point of this section though, is to give you an idea of exactly where on your genital area that you can expect to find the human papilloma virus.

Most warts grow in moist warm areas, and just like Plantar warts thrive on the moist, damp places of your feet and hands, so too do genital warts thrive in the moist dark places afforded by your genital area.

Genital warts women
HPV Genital warts (women)

Where to expect genital warts,

  • On the vulva
  • In the vaginal cavity
  • On the lips of the vagina
  • On the cervix
  • On the penis (normally on the head of the penis although warts can also be found under the foreskin, and on the shaft)
  • On the scrotum
  • On the groin
  • In or around the anus
  • Near the urethra
  • And in some cases, on the thighs

As you can see the list covers just about the whole genital area and then some. And in cases where the warts develop inside the body, it can be especially hard to know that you have genital warts unless you have a proper medical checkup.

Warts can also be missed during these checkups, or during self-examinations if they are covered by hair, or are in other hard to reach places where they can easily go unnoticed.

What you can do about it

Genital warts photo

There are a few things that you can do about genital warts and for a list of treatments available, both medical and alternative, this guide should give you a proper overview.

Here though what I’ve tried to do, is to give you a reasonable understanding of what you can do about your warts during and after any treatment that you might have.

  • It begins with getting a proper medical checkup to make certain that you do indeed have genital HPV and not something else
  • After successful removal of your warts, you should keep any follow up appointments that you have as they can recur and you want to be ready if they do
  • Have a pap smear every six months, or every three months if cervical dysplasia has been detected, until you have at least three normal tests in a row
  • Go for regular screening for not only HPV, but other sexually transmitted diseases
  • Take all the necessary precautions to avoid developing genital warts
  • As far as possible, maintain a healthy stress free lifestyle
  • Cut down on alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking