Genital Warts: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Genital warts are benign growths (lumps or bumps) on the genital areas. They are raised, flesh-colored bumps or lumps that may have a jagged or rough appearance. Itching and burning are common associated symptoms, but in many cases, there may be no symptoms except for the presence of the warts. They can occur in any location that is exposed during skin-to-skin sexual contact. Certain signs and symptoms, like vaginal discharge or bleeding, can occur if the warts are located in the vaginal opening in women.

Cause of genital warts

Infection with one of the human papillomaviruses (HPV) causes genital warts.

Other genital warts symptoms and signs

  • Bleeding After Intercourse
  • Bumps (or Warts) on Penis, Labia, Vulva, Groin, Scrotum, Thigh, Cervix, Vagina, and/or Anus
  • Bumps or Warts in Vaginal Opening
  • Genital Burning
  • Genital Itching
  • Genital Tenderness
  • Vaginal Bleeding
  • Vaginal Burning
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Vaginal Itching

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.