Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection is the most common and feared. Approximately one out of every six people aged 14 to 49 years old have the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Genital herpes is slightly more common in women because the virus more easily infect the vagina than a penis. Here are the most common symptoms of herpes in women.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the herpes virus is transmitted through skin to skin contact with someone who has herpes virus and who have open wounds.
However, you also can get herpes virus from people with healthy looking skin. The herpes virus can enter the body through the mouth, labia, vagina or even cracks or small cuts in the skin.
Women who have herpes virus, may not have any signs of infection. As a result, many do not know that they have herpes. However, there are also women who have symptoms. Usually, the symptoms of herpes appear within two weeks after infection. Common symptoms of herpes include:
- Tingling or burning sensation in the vagina or rectum
- Flu-like symptoms, such as fever and swollen glands
- Pain in the legs, buttocks, or vaginal area
- Painful or difficult urination
- The area below the stomach as depressed
- Painful wounds on the body, where the virus entry.
Herpes disease may recur but usually, herpes are both not as bad as the first. Condoms can protect you from the threat of herpes virus but the virus still can enter through unprotected parts of the body.
According to the CDC, pregnant women with herpes should discuss their condition with a physician. Because the herpes can increase the risk of miscarriage, and can be transmitted from mother to baby during childbirth.