You have genital warts. This is considered “low risk” HPV, because it doesn’t increase your risk of cervical cancer. The biggest problem with warts is cosmetic—they’re simply unsightly. Your gyno may offer you several treatments:
- TCA, essentially burning off the lesions in the office. Most often you have weekly treatments for 3-6 weeks until the warts are gone. A little painful, but not awful, and the fastest non-surgical option.
- Cryosurgery, essentially freezing the lesions. May hurt less than TCA, but many docs don’t have cryo in their office.
- Laser surgery, often done in the operating room, and generally reserved for large warty patches.
- Aldara, a cream that you apply yourself at home, three times a week, and wash off in the morning. The most comfortable (and private) treatment, but may take several months to get rid of all the warts.
Do you find anything confusing about HPV treatment?