It is estimated that 20% of USA population has genital herpes, but 90% of them are unaware of this. Situations like this happen because most of the symptoms go unrecognized or are mistaken for another condition.
First Herpes symptoms in women can vary a great deal and that’s why we strongly recommend a visit to a healthcare provider.
In the mean time, we’ll talk to you about the causes for herpes at a woman and about the first herpes symptoms in women.
Causes for herpes at woman
- Exposure to the infection;
- Eating with the same utensils;
- Sharing lip balm;
- Having multiple sex partners;
- Having sex at a younger age;
- Having another sexually transmitted infection;
- Having a weak immune system
First herpes symptoms in women
It is important to understand that you can be infected with the virus and not have visible sores or symptoms. Some women have visible symptoms and others have not.
A woman can show symptoms within days after contracting herpes virus, or it can take weeks, months, or years for the symptoms to appear. Some women may have a severe outbreak within days after contracting the virus while others may have a first outbreak so mild that they do not notice it. Because of these aspects, it can be very difficult to know when and from whom the virus has been contacted.
Some of the symptoms associated with herpes virus are:
- blistering sores (in the mouth or on the genitals)
- pain during urination (genital herpes)
- swollen lymph nodes
- lack of appetite
- eye pain
- a gritty feeling in the eye
- Cracked, raw, or red areas around your genitals without pain
- Small blisters that break open and cause painful sores
- Pain from urine passing over the sores
Can herpes symptoms be treated?
Herpes symptoms can be lessened and prevented with the right treatment, and by following treatment an infected woman can also reduce the risk of infecting other people.
We recommend seeing The 21 Days Herpes Challenge
Can herpes symptoms come back?
Yes, this is possible.
What causes herpes symptoms to come back?
During times of emotional stress or illness, your body’s immune system is weaker and the symptoms can recur.
Symptoms trigger can include:
- Sexual intercourse
To summarize, it is important to know that first herpes symptoms in women can be divided into 3 categories.
The first category: Most common symptoms
- Silent symptoms or no symptoms at all
The second category: Less common symptoms
- Sores or blisters
- Body aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Vaginal discharge
- Vaginal itch
- Painful urination
The third category: Least common symptoms
- Trouble urinating
- Eczema herpetiform
- Eye infection
As a woman, it is important to take care of your health and visit the doctor every now and then. There is nothing you should be ashamed of!