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Herpes symptoms in women can take the form of a range of different outbreaks and conditions, and sometimes both women and men can show no symptoms at all.
Herpes is more common in women than men, with 1 in 4 women in the United States suffering from the condition. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease, and once contracted stays in the body for life, lying dormant until a trigger such as stress or illness causes an outbreak.
After contracting the disease, most women will show symptoms of an initial outbreak in the next 2 to 10 days. Symptoms in the initial breakout and subsequent episodes can last up to three weeks without treatment. Treatment is a very important step for any women who has, or thinks they may have contracted the HSV virus.
Early Genital Herpes Symptoms in Women – Before the Outbreak
Before an outbreak of herpes occurs, you may experience any or all of the following:
- Itching or burning in the vagina, labia and surrounding areas, including the anus, upper legs and buttocks
- Unusual vaginal discharge.
- Swelling of the lymph nodes, combined with a feeling of pressure or bloating in the abdominal area.
- Flu like symptoms including headache, nausea, fever, sore limbs (including legs and buttocks), muscle and joint pain.
- Urinary pain or burning, or a difficulty urinating
Genital Herpes Symptoms in Women – The Outbreak
When the outbreak begins, you may experience the following:
- The appearance of sores or blisters that can range in size from tiny pimple sized dots to large, coin sized sores. These sores will burst and scab over as the outbreak continues. They can appear alone or in lesions, and can appear on the genitals, anus, buttocks and thighs.
- A red, itching or burning rash.
- Pain when urinating
- Vaginal discharge.
Without treatment, these genital herpes symptoms in women can occur on a monthly basis. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially if they are re-occurring regularly, you may have contracted genital herpes.
There are wide range of medical, homeopathic and natural treatments that are very effective, you should immediately seek treatment if you are experiencing any of the above.
Having herpes has a much larger impact than just the physical impact. It can make women feel alone, ashamed, depressed and anxious. If you believe you are suffering from herpes, you should seek treatment, as reducing and controlling outbreaks can go a long way towards restoring your self esteem and confidence. Once the physical aspect is under control, you can then deal with the emotional and mental side of dealing with genital herpes.