It’s common to have warts on the genital lips or vulva if you are a sexually active person, which means you have been infected by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which often causes genital warts.
Genital warts develop in the moist areas of the genital region. In women, they can appear on the vulva, vaginal walls, genital lips, and the external genital area. They can also be found on the walls of the uterus and in the anus.
Symptoms of genital warts
The time it takes for the lumps to appear varies. In some cases, they show up after a few weeks. However, they can take months or even years after having had sex with someone infected.
It also often happens that they never appear, which means the person doesn’t know they have HPV. In this case, you can still spread the virus. Therefore, if you have sexual intercourse, your partner might develop genital warts.
- They appear as a slight swelling in the genital area, skin-colored, pink, or light brown.
- They can be singular or clustered together, resembling a cauliflower in shape.
- In some cases, persistent itching is felt in the area where the warts emerged.
- They are generally not painful.
- Occasionally, there is bleeding during sexual intercourse.
- Their size varies from very small, almost imperceptible, to larger. For those with weakened immune systems, the warts might cluster and cover broader areas.
How are genital warts transmitted?
Genital warts are transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact during sexual intercourse with an infected person. You can get the virus in any type of sexual activity, whether it’s vaginal, anal, or oral.
Ejaculation is not necessary, nor does the penis need to penetrate the vagina or anus for the possibility of transmission.
It’s also possible for a mother to pass the virus to her baby during vaginal childbirth.
People more susceptible to infection
Most of the world’s sexually active population contracts HPV at some point in their lives. However, there are certain factors that increase the chances of contracting HPV:
- Having any type of sexual relationship with multiple partners or strangers.
- Having had another sexually transmitted disease at some point in your life.
- Starting sexual activity at a very young age.
- Having a weakened immune system. For example, transplant recipients or those with HIV.
If you suspect you have genital warts, it’s recommended to consult your doctor.
This is the best option since not all lumps in the genital area are warts. The professional is the most qualified to identify them. Moreover, the doctor will advise you on the best treatment to remove them.
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Medically reviewed by Dr. Amy Wilson. Dr. Amy Wilson, born in the United States, obtained her medical degree from Lincoln University School of Medicine. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, she’s dedicated 15 years to women’s health, becoming a distinguished gynecologist and serving in various U.S. medical institutions.