Genital Herpes in Women – Symptoms and Prevention Tips

Genital herpes is caused by the virus herpes. It is also known as herpes simplex 2 generally HSV2, while cold sores are considered simplex 1 (HSV1). Genital herpes causes painful blisters to form on the vaginal area. They are sexually transmitted disease (STD). They are transferred through un-protected oral or vaginal contact. Genital herpes can also be contracted through anal sex. It may remain inactive in a women’s body for a month if not longer.

Having herpes and not knowing it or not exposing it to partners is risky for everyone, because herpes propagates every time one has unprotected sex. Genital herpes has the chance to distribute to others whether they have signs of a herpes occurrence or not. There is no way to completely kill the virus as no one has a cure to it yet. Genital herpes on the genital places can be very painful especially for a women as some herpes infections may be inside the vaginal area or cervix. It may also appear outside the genitals so large, that the opening to the vaginal canal is almost blocked. Herpes outbreaks may happen more frequently in some females rather than others. In some cases having herpes may be dangerous for some females as they can affect pregnancies and can infect a child at the time of birth.

Women who plan to give birth need to inform their doctors that they have herpes. During delivery herpes may transferred to the child’s body or throat areas. This is because herpes in some females only occurs in the cervix with no symptoms. A physician or doctor who gives a lady a pap smear will be able to tell her if she has herpes.

Generally with an outbreak of genital herpes females will notice that the first occurrence of herpes is the worst and continues the longest. As years go by the herpes outbreaks will have less herpes blisters and they will heal faster.

Almost 1 in 3 women is living with herpes, 80 – 90% of people infected with herpes don’t even know they have herpes, either they have no symptoms or there results came out negative.

There is no cure for herpes yet, but some anti-viral drugs like Valtrex can be used to treat herpes and reduce outbreaks.


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