Vaginal warts are genital warts that occur on the vagina in women. Although the term "vaginal warts" is popularly used for any genital warts that occur on women, these warts can occur in places other than just the vagina, and they are all caused by the same virus: HPV. In fact, genital warts occur in both men and women and there is functionally and symptomatically no difference between genital warts occurring on men and those occurring on women.
Genital warts, also known as venereal warts or condylomata acuminate, effect approximately one million people in the USA every year; so if you have genital warts you're not alone. As a symptom of HPV genital warts can be annoying and embarrassing, but they are not medically dangerous themselves. If you're wondering whether you have genital warts, or you want to know more about their symptoms and complications, take a look at What Are Genital Warts? for more information.
Since genital warts are an effect of certain strains of HPV (human papillomavirus), it is important to know about HPV if you want understand genital warts. Not only does this virus sometimes cause warts, some strains of it are also implicated in cervical and penile cancers. So look over our HPV section to learn about this virus and it's prevention.
Finally, if you're battling genital warts you should know that there is no cure. The HPV that causes them will remain in your body and it could cause further warts outbreaks. But there are several Treatment Options available for the warts themselves, from home care to medical procedures. So make life with HPV easier by treating your warts.