Common HPV Symptoms in Women
When HPV symptoms in women manifest, the woman develops genital warts inside of the folds of the vagina which may go up into the cervix. Warts can also appear on the lips of the vagina, around the groin, inside of the thighs, inside of anus and around the anus. There may be one genital wart or there may be many. Genital warts may be pink, flesh-colored or borderline red. Genital warts in women may vary considerably in size, texture and shape.
Other HPV symptoms in women cannot be seen with the naked eye but can be seen with specialized medical equipment such as a microscope. HPV can cause abnormal changes in the cells or the secretions of the cervix. These abnormal changes can be the earliest signs of cancer. The sooner cancer is treated, the better a woman’s chance is for surviving.
By the time cervical cancer begins to wreak havoc on a woman’s body, the cancer is in its later stages and very difficult to treat. These symptoms include abdominal pain, bleeding in between periods and pain during sex. Getting an annual PAP smear test can help prevent this from happening.
Using condoms can help greatly reduce both a woman and a man’s chance of getting infected with HPV. It is still possible to get infected while using condoms, such as touching a partner’s sexual fluids and then rubbing one’s eyes, but the chances are much smaller.
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