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Condyloma – or genital warts – are fleshy growths that appear in the genital area. Your Colorado Springs OB/GYN advises that they are caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and are usually spread by sexual contact.
Genital warts first appear as small pink or red bumps on the vulva (lips of the vagina), vagina, cervix, urinary opening or rectum. They are usually painless, but some people may have itching, burning or slight bleeding from these areas.
The time between exposure to the virus and the appearance of warts is not known. It could be anywhere from several weeks to several years before symptoms occur. Because of this, it is often hard for your Colorado Springs gynecologist to determine when and where you were exposed to the virus.
Sometimes vaginal infections and pregnancy can cause warts to grow and spread. One study showed that 20% of women with genital warts also had a vaginal infection. Unless that infection is treated, the warts may not go away.
Warts may spread up inside the vagina and on the cervix. They may also cause abnormal Pap smears. During pregnancy warts may be treated so they do not spread or grow larger.
The diagnosis of Condyloma is usually made by your Colorado Springs gynecologist simply by inspecting the genital area. Occasionally, they may want to remove a wart and send it to the lab for further tests.
Genital warts are sometimes frustrating for your gynecologist to treat. Some warts will disappear on their own. Others may come and go despite vigorous treatment. One of the most important things you can do is to keep your appointments with your Colorado Springs OB/GYN!
The treatment is easier when the warts are small and few in number. There is no one magic treatment for genital warts. Many methods may be tried depending on where, how large and how long the warts have been there.
At Academy Women’s Healthcare Associates, we want to be your Colorado Springs OB/GYN. If you are suffering from the symptoms of Condyloma, please call our office at 719-442-0808 and a member of our caring staff will be happy to help.
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