Genital warts is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) passed on through vaginal, anal and, rarely, oral sex.
Treatment for genital warts needs to be prescribed by a doctor.
The type of treatment you’ll be offered depends on what your warts are like. The doctor or nurse will discuss this with you.
• cream or liquid: you can usually apply this to the warts yourself a few times a week for several weeks, but in some cases you may need to go to the clinic every week for a doctor or nurse to apply it – these treatments can cause soreness, irritation or a burning sensation
• surgery: a doctor or nurse can cut, burn or laser the warts off – this can cause irritation or scarring
• freezing: a doctor or nurse freezes the warts, usually every week for 4 weeks – this can cause soreness
It may take weeks or months for treatment to work, and the warts may come back. In some people the treatment does not work.
There’s no cure for genital warts, but it’s possible for your body to clear the virus over time.