The warts usually appear as a small bump or group of bumps in the genital area. They are flesh-colored and can be flat or look bumpy like cauliflower. Some genital warts are so small you cannot see them. In women, the warts usually occur in or around the vagina, on the cervix, or around the anus. In men, genital warts are less common.
Genital warts in women: Symptoms, causes, and treatment
Because it's often difficult to detect genital warts, your doctor may apply a mild acetic acid solution to your genitals to whiten any warts. Then, he or she may view them through a special magnifying instrument, a colposcope. In a Pap test, your doctor uses a vaginal speculum to hold your vaginal walls apart.
Back to Health A to Z. Genital warts is a common sexually transmitted infection STI passed on through vaginal, anal and, rarely, oral sex. Treatment from a sexual health clinic can help them go away. You can see a GP, but they'll probably refer you to a sexual health clinic if they think you might have genital warts. They'll often get test results quicker than GP practices, and you do not have to pay a prescription charge.