Treatments for genital warts
What are genital warts?
Genital warts are lumpy growths of skin caused by certain low-risk strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are a contagious STI (sexually transmitted disease) which can cause pain, discomfort, and itching for men and women. The commonest areas for genital warts to appear are the shaft and base of the penis for men and for women around the labia majora and pubic area. Rarely anal warts can also be present.
Sexual health clinics are available on the NHS and will carry out a full set of screening tests for STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases) or STI’s (sexually transmitted infections). However, often the resources to treat patients are limited and whilst therapies are available, they often take a long time to work and occasionally fail.
Genital wart treatments available at Cosmedics
Vaginal or penile warts removed by laser and/or surgery – price from £500
Creams – Aldara, Podophyllin (as an additional treatment, to prevent recurrence) – cost from £160
If you feel you would like your warts treated quickly, discretely and in one or two sessions with our latest therapies please contact us confidentially on 0207 386 0464.
Our advisors are experienced in dealing with these conditions and be more than happy to guide you. If in doubt see a doctor to confirm whether you have genital warts. They are easily treated before they spread. All treatments are confidential and done by trained doctors in private medical clinics in London.
What do genital warts look like? How do I know if I have them?
Genital warts appear as flesh-toned or gray growths that are raised or flat on, in and around the genitals. They can grow in clusters that resemble cauliflower, or they can appear singularly.
Several pictures of genital warts circulate on the Internet. These are often extreme cases that are so severe that they block the vaginal and anal openings.
Please note that cases such as these are uncommon, and these photos should not be used to compare with your personal symptoms. If you suspect that you may have genital warts, see your doctor. It is never a good idea to self-diagnose any condition!
The treatment time is approximately 30 minutes
The recovery time is minimal.
The results are noticeable within a few days after treatment
The effects are permanent
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Your genital warts questions answered
What causes genital warts?
Genital warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV). However, you cannot rely on the visual presence of genital warts to determine if someone is infected with HPV. In some cases, genital warts never appear or can appear years after contracting the virus.
Where do female genital warts appear?
In women, genital warts appear inside and outside of the vagina (vagina – labia majora and/or pubic area) and inner thighs.
They can also appear on the anal region, growing in and outside of the anus.
What do female genital/vaginal warts look like?
Pictures of genital vaginal warts for women
Women commonly get warts on the outer labia or around the inner thigh areas. Occasionally they can also be at the entrance to the vagina. They often feel rough and small little lumps that are hard to see and only obvious when form clusters. These can be treated easily but need to be before they spread.
Vaginal warts on the inside of labia
Vaginal genital warts picture showing the warts on the outside
Where do male genital warts appear?
In men, genital warts can appear on the penis ( shaft and/or base), scrotum, testicles, anus, groin and thighs.
Sometimes anal warts can also be present but this is rarer.
What do penile warts on men look like?
For men the commonest place for genital warts is on the shaft of the penis or on the head itself. Both are easily treated and should be before they spread as they are highly contagious. Warts are often rough and almost cauliflower like in appearance and stick out. They can be in clusters or individual.
Fordyce spots are common and normal for the skin of the penis. They are NOT wart conditions and dont need treating but if in doubt check with a doctor.
These are pearly papules and again harmless but if in doubt please check as if misdiagnosed can be a problem later on.
Did I catch this from my current partner?
Most people don’t even know when they contracted the virus that causes genital warts (HPV), as the warts can take years to show on the penis or vaginal areas. Therefore it is important not to suddenly accuse your partner of being non exclusive as it is more than likely it was caught from a earlier partner without realising it.