Warts are lesions that develop after the entry of HPV into the body. Vaginal warts can appear in different shapes. Sometimes there may be only one wart in the shape of a skin tag, but some other times they may be a great number of warts. Vaginal warts are mostly seen at the entrance of the vagina, on the labia majora. Sometimes, a large number of warts in the form of clusters can be seen in the cervix and on the vaginal walls. If vaginal warts are neglected, plucked, cut with a razor blade, and if they are tried to be treated at home using ineffective drugs, they spread, and as they spread, they becomes more difficult to treat, resulting in an increased viral load in the genital area.
Skin tag is rarely seen on the vagina. If you are a sexually active individual and detect mole-like formations on your vagina and vulva, these lesions are most likely to be warts.
If vaginal warts are caused by high-risk HPV types, you are at an increased risk of developing cervical cancer. HPV Type 16 and Type 18 carry 400 times higher risk of cervical cancer.
Vaginal warts can spread, reaching the anus. If warts develop around the anus, the risk of anal cancer increases as well.
It is important to know the type of HPV that has caused vaginal warts. Upon the detection of a high-risk HPV, colposcopy and smear test are performed. Biopsy is taken from risky areas, and the patient is followed with frequent examinations. These follow up examinations can prevent cervical cancer, vulvar cancer, and anal cancer.
Vaginal warts are treated like all other warts. Vaginal warts can be treated using laser and cautery devices. Since laser treatment is focused on warts only, it causes no pain and no scars. For this reason, we prefer laser wart treatment as an option in the treatment of vaginal warts.
A local anesthetic is applied to numb the vaginal warts, and then HPV DNA sample is taken from the wart. Vaginal swab is taken and cervical smear test is performed. Then, the warts are destroyed with fractional laser. It is important to quit smoking in the prevention of recurrences after the procedure. HPV vaccine should be administered. HPV vaccine is of great importance in terms of removing HPV from the body and reducing recurrences. Warts may recur for a while, but it is possible to remove HPV from the body by performing the right treatment determinedly. It is important for the male partner to use condom for a period of at least 6 months to avoid ping-pong effect.
In case of recurrence of warts, it is necessary to consult a doctor without delay. Plucking or cutting the warts causes more spread; and as a result, the whole treatment process needs to be started over.
In our HPV Treatment Center in Silivri, we treat vaginal warts with fractional laser.
You can call our call center at +90 212 986 08 22 to get detailed information about laser vaginal wart treatment and to make an appointment.