Genital Herpes in Women

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Herpes is transmitted through the HSV-1 and HSV-2 virus. HSV-1 typically causes cold sores on the mouth, the lips and other parts of the face and body. On the other hand, HSV-2 causes genital herpes in men and women. Genital Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease, whereas cold sores can be transmitted through physical contact, such as kissing as well as sharing of towels, toothbrushes and utensils with an infected person. Even wearing a condom may not protect women from getting herpes from an infected partner. The virus can be present in the uncovered part of the skin and can transfer to the women’s skin. Genital herpes can also be contracted by mouth and genital contact with a person having cold sores or infection in the genitals. Transmission of the infection, from an infected male to a female, is more common than from an infected woman to a male.

Genital Herpes in Woman

Genital Herpes in Woman

The symptoms of infection are seen in the form of raw or reddish areas in the genitals or in other parts of the body, the mouth and the face. The women feel a tingling or itching sensation during the initial stages of the primary outbreak. Within a few days, there are small blisters or sores that might be painful. They can be present in the vagina, on the buttocks or on the thighs and in the anal region. In many cases, such blisters might also be present in the urethra of the woman. The woman experiences a lot of pain while passing urine, as it passes over the sores. Women also experience additional symptoms of backaches, headaches, fatigue and other flu like symptoms.

Herpes Blisters in Woman

Herpes Blisters in Woman

There is no cure for herpes, as the virus remains in the body of the woman for a lifetime, once it enters the skin. However, there are antiviral medicines that can reduce the intensity of the pain and also the frequency of the outbreaks. Women who are pregnant can take oral medications, so that they can protect the baby from getting the infection.

Recurring outbreaks of herpes in women can vary according to the immune system of the person. There are also certain factors that trigger an outbreak, such as:

  • sunlight or ultraviolet rays;
  • stress;
  • physical strain or emotional trauma;
  • flu;
  • presence of immune deficiency infections;
  • hormonal imbalances;
  • medications;
  • pregnancy;
  • menstruation and so on.
Herpes Lesion in Woman

Herpes Lesion in Woman

The symptoms of herpes can range from mild to serious. In some cases, there might be no symptoms present at all. It is also possible for women to get infected by a male who shows no symptoms and has no outbreaks.

  • june

    would there be any lesions or just blisters? like tears around the vagina and the anus

  • Sally Hansen

    one cannot be cured of a virus. once it is in your body, it becomes a part of your DNA. it may lay dormant and never manifest symptoms again, but it cannot be “cured”. whoever told you this was selling you snake oil. ask any biologist and they will tell you what i am saying is true. just like you cannot cure a common cold (which is a type of virus), HIV (another type of virus) or HPV (yet another type of virus) you cannot cure any form of herpes. you may have been lucky and only had one outbreak that subsided and you haven’t had one since then. that doesn’t mean you won’t have another one in the future though.

    lastly, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having herpes. the only issue is that it causes stigma in society. you won’t die from herpes. its uncomfortable at most, and as a woman you are far less likely to give to someone else than you would be if you were a man. just don’t have sex with anyone during an outbreak. all it is is bumps on the skin. it is not the end of the world. its the equivalent of getting a wort. no one would say having a wort is the end of the world. anyone who tells you otherwise is perpetuating myths and lies.

  • Elle77

    I must correct some incorrect information provided here. For MOST people herpes may be like getting a wort. For people with compromised immune systems, such as those with diabetes, it results in a lifetime battle with the virus.

    My first outbreak was NOT just an outbreak of blisters. I had kissing ulcers. That means two large blisters rubbing against each other. My kissing ulcers also decided to reside on the hood of my clitoris. It was very painful and itchy. I knew something was wrong, of course. That was how I was diagnosed.

    My 2nd outbreak was much worse. It became a very large encapsulated boil on the inside lip of my vagina. It hurt to stand. It hurt to sit. It hurt to do anything. I was seeing a horrible man whom I asked to help me pierce it because it was so uncomfortable. He tried to pierce it with a pin after icing it. I screamed into a blanket. He was words I won’t write, and called me nasty names for being such a sissy. I broke the boil my damn self and ended up taking very strong meds for the infection.

    I have been taking Valtrex since my first outbreak in 2011. I will be taking it til I’m dead. I am no longer diabetic, but my immune system is still compromised. I have flare-ups when I’m under stress. I’ve had a couple outbreaks, too. When I have outbreaks or flare-ups, I double-up my meds until they resolve.

    Another thing to know is that you MAY be an asymtomatic carrier. They are rare, but let me tell ya, I caught my herpes from one. An asymtomatic carrier is a person who has NO symptoms, yet STILL sheds virus. YOU DO NOT KNOW IF YOU CAN SHED VIRUS WITHOUT SYMPTOMS UNTIL YOU INFECT SOMEONE. I was VERY active with that man, and sucked his you know what A LOT. He had NO blisters.

    Please be very careful. The only way to REALLY be sure is to wear a condom. I trusted the wrong person and ended up with another chronic thing to deal with when I already have a long list of them. This is not fun, and for diabetics, and former diabetics, it IS a big deal.

    As for the social stigma….. men are terrified. They don’t want to have anything to do with a woman who has an STD. Hell, I’m not even contagious!! They refuse to wear condoms, which is how I got here in the first place (MY fault, I can’t stand them – I can say no!). They behave like children!! This experience will show you who the REAL men are. And who REALLY gives a crap about you.