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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Genital Herpes In Women

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Can women even have symptoms of genital herpes?

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Yes: Women can have the same blistering lesions that men have on their genitalia. ...Read more

Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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Is it possible that a man can show no symptoms of genital herpes but woman does?

Is it possible that a man can show no symptoms of genital herpes but woman does?

Yes: Symptomatic manifestations of genital herpes depend upon whether this is a first time exposure, what differences there are in your immune system, and a host of other factors. Carriage of herpes is a lifetime phenomenon, and may occur without symptoms. ...Read more

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What is genital herpes? Does it occur in both men and women? If so, what are the symptoms in both cases ?

Herpes is an STD: Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection, that occurs in both men and women. Many people who have it don't know they have it because they may have few to absent symptoms. Symptoms are different for different people, but many people describe a tingling, burning, or itchy sensation with or without little blisters. Symptoms can be very mild or very severe. It is a very common virus. ...Read more

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How common is it for a woman to contract genital herpes but have no symptoms until years later?

How common is it for a woman to contract genital herpes but have no symptoms until years later?

Very common: Many people carry this virus for years without knowing it. Many of them have recurring symptoms which are not recognized. At least 25% of them have recurring herpes on the buttock or back. Why do you ask? What are the DETAILS? ...Read more

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Can a woman with genital herpes give birth vaginally if she does not have any symptoms? And without suppressive medication?

Can a woman with genital herpes give birth vaginally if she does not have any symptoms? And without suppressive medication?

Here is the problem: There may still be viral shedding which could effect the baby even if she has no active lesions. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a pregnant woman with genital herpes passing the virus on to newborn if she does not have symptoms? Should she be worried?

What are the chances of a pregnant woman with genital herpes passing the virus on to newborn if she does not have symptoms? Should she be worried?

Manageable risks: If a mother delivers vaginally with her first genital outbreak, there is ~30% risk the baby could get it and have a terrible illness. If a recurrent outbreak, this drops to ~4% but suppression of outbreaks or c-section delivery before the membranes are open 4 hours can cancel the risk. Rarely, some women shed herpes without an outbreak and could pass it , baby sick around 2 wks. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of genital herpes?

Mnay: First time around you may get systemic symptoms of fever, chills, malaise, an outbreak of numerous blister-like lesions on the genetalia which will rupture and leave very tender and painful ulcers which may last as long as 10-14days. The female genetalia may become swollen and tender to the point that she cannot walk. The man can develop severe swelling which may partially impede free urination. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Genital Herpes (Definition)

This is a skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more