Last updated: August 2, 2019
Richard Honaker M.D.
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Herpes symptoms in women don’t always pop up. In fact, many of the symptoms are pretty similar to other common womanly issues. This makes herpes one of the least diagnosed STDs out there.
In fact, 87.4 percent of people with herpes (HSV-2) have never been diagnosed. This makes knowing what to keep an eye out for vital for women. Did you know that one in six people has herpes? Those are not great odds for sexually active women.
Most doctors will not test for herpes like other STDs unless there are herpes symptoms presenting. This could be why over 80 percent of people with herpes have no clue that they are infected.
So what should women be looking for? The following are 6 herpes symptoms you can keep in mind.
1. Tingling Sensation
If you’re experiencing a tingling sensation around your genital area, you may have herpes. This is one of the first herpes symptoms women will have in most cases. Be on the lookout for tingling. It is not a definitive sign of HSV-2, but something to discuss with a doctor.
2. Itching and Irritation
Itching and irritation is a herpes symptom that women may assume part of the clothing they wear, like tight yoga pants or after exercise. But this is a tell tale sign of a potential STD. If you have been experiencing itching or irritation in your lady parts for a long period, it may be best to talk to a doctor.
3. Pimples Down There
Pimples or blisters that appear down there could be a herpes symptom worth looking into with a doctor. Like a pimple, herpes may crust or scab after a small, possibly unnoticeable breakout. Herpes pimples and blisters can also appear toward the buttocks as well, so be on the look out for this herpes symptom.
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4. Feeling the Flu Coming On?
Flu like symptoms is another potential indicator of herpes. Did you know that 70 percent of women feel like they have the flu during their first herpes outbreak? These herpes symptoms include, headache, muscle aches, fever, and swollen glands. You may actually have the flu, but be aware that your flu-like symptoms may also be herpes.
5. Pelvic Pain
An inflamed pelvis, or cervicitis, may be a herpes symptom. This includes, painful sex, odd discharge, or spotting between periods. It can be caused by a number of STDs, but it is a good idea to talk to a doctor about a possible herpes infection.
6. Peeing is Painful
If it is painful when you pee, you may have herpes. This is because when herpes blisters or ulcers pop, they can burn when pee splashes on them. It is uncomfortable and definitely a good symptom to take to a doctor.
Do I Have Herpes?
The truth is that it can be tough to tell for women. But if you are experiencing any of the above herpes symptoms, you should talk to a doctor and maybe get an STD test to be sure you are healthy and happy.
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Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker: http://www.independentmedicalexaminer.com/IME-Directory/Virginia/Dr-Richard-A-Honaker-MD.asp
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