Vaginal Bumps And Associated Causes
There are a number of different reasons that there may be bumps on or around a vagina. Some of these are innocuous, such as ingrown hairs. Others can be indicative of STDs or serious problems. This article will discuss the different types of bumps on or around the vagina, and which of them are causes for concern.
Bumps From Herpes
The first type of bumps that are indicative of a problem are caused by genital herpes, otherwise known as HSV-2. Herpes type 2 does not usually manifest itself simply as bumps, but it can. Herpes is especially contagious during an outbreak, and sexual contact is discouraged if there are signs that this is indeed occurring.
Bumps From HPV
The other type of bumps that indicate a problem are associated with the HPV virus. These bumps are genital warts and are generally flesh-colored. They often cluster in distinct areas. Most of these warts are not painful and do not itch. They are, however, highly contagious.
Here are some important things to know about genital warts in women: 4% of these warts are at the opening of the urethra, 25% of these warts are on or around the anus, 10% of these warts are on the cervix, 33% of these warts are between the vagina and the anus, 33% of these warts are inside the vagina and 66% of these warts are near the vulva. These warts are sometimes too small for women to see or even notice. Warts that are inside the vagina or anus may cause pain or some uncomfortableness, but it is also possible for there to be no symptoms at all.
Women sometimes have the impression that warts are usually itchy or painful. That only happens in rare cases. If you experience either one of those symptoms, as tempting as it might be, avoid scratching the warts at all costs. Contact a doctor immediately to discuss treatment. Scratching genital warts can lead to complications that can keep you ill for longer periods of time.
As mentioned earlier, genital warts often appear in clusters. These are usually three or four warts that are grouped closely together. This is not always the case. When the go untreated, the warts will grow and turn into cauliflower-like, flesh-colored clusters.
There are more than 100 strains of HPV. Most strains of HPV do not manifest themselves as warts. The few that do are responsible for essentially all female genital warts. These warts tend to slowly get larger for about half a year, at which point they stop growing. HPV can also cause you to have warts on your hands and feet. These warts are less contagious than genital warts. A few strains of HPV will lead to cervical cancer.
Genital warts can lead to pregnancy complications. This is notably the case if warts have gotten large enough to interfere with normal urination. Warts can also restrict tissues from stretching the way that they naturally would, also posing a risk to the mother's health during childbirth. A cesarean may be require if genital warts impose too many health risks to a pregnant mother.
Treatment is available for most genital warts. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a doctor the moment that you notice any genital warts on or around your vagina.