HPV in Women

Most sexually active women will have HPV (human papillomavirus) at some time in their lives. There are more than 40 different kinds of HPV that can develop papillomas or warts, thus the term genital warts.  The warts can grow inside and around the outside of the vagina, on the vulva (“lips” or opening to the vagina), cervix, groin or around the anus. Genital Warts Pictures.

Genital warts are considered a “low-risk” form of HPV. However, there are some types of HPV that are “high-risk”. These types are associated with cervical cancer. Many times, high-risk HPV cause no further health problems, but persistent cases can lead to cancer. It is vitally important for women to have annual Pap tests to be screened to prevent cervical cancer.

Most Women will Have HPVThere is also an HPV test for women . The more sexually active a woman is, the higher her risk for developing cancer. In general, HPV is thought to be responsible for 99% of cervical cancers, 70% of vaginal cancers and 40% of vulvar cancers.

Most women who contract HPV will never develop any symptoms. If you are healthy and have a healthy immune system, the body will fight the virus on its own. However, as stated, some types will manifest in the form of genital warts.

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Genital Warts Signs and Symptoms in Women:

* A small bump or groups of bumps in the genital area – See genital warts pictures.
* Itching, burning when urinating
* Pain during intercourse
* May cause blood to appear in the urine
* Vaginal warts may cause a discharge or bleeding
* In cases where the genital warts have grown, this growth could obstruct the birth canal during a pregnancy
* Anal warts can cause bleeding during bowel movements as well as itching and pain.

Bleeding is always a cause for concern and you should see your doctor.