Vaginal Warts

Warts are a common skin condition that affects millions of people each year. However, for some warts can be a sign of something more serious. Women who have vaginal warts need to realize they have a virus called HPV. This virus is highly contagious, and it has no cure.

What do Vaginal Warts Look Like?

Women who are sexually active should always be aware of bumps or lumps that appear in the genital area. Vaginal warts look like flesh toned or gray bumps that are raised or flat. The surface of these warts may have a cauliflower like appearance.

Vaginal warts or genital warts can appear on the upper thighs, around the anus, around the vaginal opening and inside the vagina. It is possible to be infected with the HPV virus and have vaginal warts without knowing it. You cannot see these warts if they are up in the vagina or on the cervix. This is one of the reasons why it is so important for women to have a yearly pap test.  A pap test can detect the vaginal warts when they are not visible to the naked eye.

How do You Get Vaginal Warts?

Vaginal warts are transmitted through sexual contact. The virus that causes these warts is highly contagious. Something as simple as skin to skin contact with an infected person can pass HPV from one person to another. Unprotected sex with an infected individual increases the risk of contracting genital warts.

There are specific risk factors that are associated with vaginal warts. The following list covers most of the risk factors for women:

  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Not knowing if sexual partners have a sexually transmitted disease
  • Smoking or using alcohol
  • Having sex at a very rough age
  • Having other sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes
  • Pregnancy
  • A weak immune system due to an underlying disease or illness
  • Having a lot of stress

What are the Risks Associated With Warts on the Vagina?

Since warts on the vagina are caused by HPV, there are risks that women need to be aware of. Certain strains of HPV will cause cervical cancer. Therefore, a woman who has vaginal warts should have regular pap tests. This is the only way to detect cervical changes that could be an early warning sign of cervical cancer. If cervical cancer is detected in the early stages, it is almost 100% curable.

What is the Best Treatment for Vagina Warts?

It is hard to say what is the best treatment for vagina warts without you consulting your Doctor – which you must do.  There are many different factors that can determine the best vagina warts treatment. If the warts on the external part of the vagina they may be treated using cryotherapy1. This is a treatment in which a doctor uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the warts away.

Another treatment for vagina warts is to apply a prescription cream to the warts to eliminate them. This method is for external warts only. So what do you do if you have vaginal warts inside the vagina?

Internal vaginal warts can be removed during a surgical procedure in which the doctor uses a special instrument that produces an electric current. The current passes through a thin wire that is used to remove the warts on the surface of the cervix.

These vaginal warts can also be removed using a laser that burns them away. Laser surgery is expensive and it must be performed by a doctor who is skilled in the use of the laser. Cryotherapy can be used on cervical warts also.

A woman who has vaginal warts must take good care of herself. It is important she eats a healthy diet and gets plenty of exercise. Women who have warts should stop all risky health behaviors. This includes smoking, drinking to excess and using drugs. It is important that she abstains from sex to keep from spreading HPV to others. It is a good idea to take supplements that will help to build a strong immune system. The body’s immune system can actually get rid of the HPV virus most of the time. Once the HPV is gone, the vaginal warts should disappear also.


1 – nlm.nih.gov