How To Diagnose Genital Warts

The only way that you will know for sure if you have genital warts is if you take the proper steps to having it diagnosed. If you notice any of the symptoms that are associated with genital warts then you need to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. This is a hard disease to diagnose because only one out of ten cases show physical signs. Because of this you might want to consider getting tested when you change sexual partners.

Before the doctor performs any type of physical examination they will need to know your medical history. They will need to know what symptoms you might be experiencing, how many sexual partners you have, and any other medical problems you have had in the past.

While at your doctor’s office there are two tests that you can request which will help to diagnose the problem; colonoscopy and a pap smear. The colonoscopy is an examination in which the physician will use a long tube or camera that will be inserted through the anus. They will use this camera to spot any warts on the inside.

The pap smear is something that should be done on a yearly basis even if you do not think you have genital warts. This is a pelvic examination in which the doctor will use a special instrument to look inside of the woman’s vagina to spot any abnormalities inside of this area.

Your doctor might also wish to perform a microscopic examination of the cervical tissue and the tissue from the penis. It is possible to find this strand of the HPV virus in the tissue and fluid samples that were taken. The sooner that you are able to diagnose genital warts the quicker you can treat them.