Dr. Grobe describes genital warts and discusses the symptoms.
Genital warts are sexually transmitted infection caused by the HPV virus.
They are transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. They can occur in places other than the genital area depending on where that skin-to-skin contact occurred.
They are easily treated. They are diagnosed by identification so there’s no lab test, there’s no biopsies, just by visual inspection. They have a very classic character so they are very easily identifiable.
Depending on the treatment once they are treated and gone away those warts will most likely not come back.
If you have additional exposure you may then get them in that area. So once the visible wart is gone, if it’s treated appropriately, it will not come back.
It does not prevent you from getting genital warts in any other area or getting genital warts, a different strain, in the same area based on additional contact.
Depending on the location they can cause itching, irritation, pain with intercourse, pain with any type of sexual stimulation depending on where they are located.
In women you see them frequently at the opening of the vagina so then they can cause some irritation with sexual penetration.
We find them around the clitoris so they can cause irritation or pain with clitoral stimulation.
But in and of themselves without additional stimulation they may not cause any symptoms at all.
You can get them further into the opening and along the vaginal wall. It’s not nearly as common.
About Dr. Denise Quance Grobe, N.D.:
Dr. Denise Quance Grobe, N.D., is a licensed Naturopathic Physician. Her practice is directed towards women's health issues among adults and adolescents, with a focus on personalizing treatments to stimulate the body's healing potential. She blends botanical medicine, homeopathy, medical nutrition, and acupuncture with lifestyle counseling to provide the optimal level of care for her patients.
Dr. Quance Grobe received her doctorate degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, in 2004, and has continued to educate and practice within the local community. She is accomplished at treating Stress conditions, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, Depression, Diabetes, PMS, Menopause, Hormone Balancing, and Osteoporosis.