I know how touchy it is when people post on this board seeking medical advice , BUTTTTT
I'm just wondering if anyone else has been through or had a similar experience , and how did You / yee deal with this .
I have genital warts. I know ... its scanky. I had SWS. ( sex while stupid )
I was never that promiscuous but made two stupid mistakes and got into a whole load of trouble. Trouble that at the time , made genital warts pale into insignificance in comparison .
Anyway , I did try to deal with the problem when it arose but encountered the same problems that exist today. Every doctor I see ... its never a huge deal to them. They talk to me like i'm an idiot. They try and wring their hands of responsibility or even interest.
The most recent doctor I've seen , on my college campus , has made three chryo attemps to reduce what are not ... massively obvious or conspicious symptoms of gential warts ( ie. the warts themselves) She brought this flask of nitrogen in and applied it with a giant cotton bud , and made sure I knew how much it was costing her and what a nuisance I was for bringing this problem to her. ect ect.
She then advised me to go and queue up at a local gum clinic like everybody else in the country ( those are my words not hers) , because she doesnt have the latest technology that they would have to solve the problem. She is completely washing her hands of this. She wants nothing to do with me and my genital warts.
But I dont think anyone who has never had an std like warts understands how debilitating it is... although my nurse was sympathetic.
I asked the doctor to prescribe me some cream that i would apply it myself and try and get rid of the symptoms once and for all , she says no , because I could end up paralysed or some ****. She said if I was a guy with the warts on his penis , she could get rid of them no prob , but because of the position and location of them ( probably inside aswell ) she needs to refer myself to someone with the right technology.
So off I go at the next opportunity to the local (milles away) gum clinic. Where I will cue up in a waiting room for hours only to be interviewed about every single aspect of my life , only to be told that I can come back on a date when I will probably not be available due to commitments outside my vagina.
DOES ANYONE know the solution to my problem?????
I know that this does not just dissapear and could stay around for years , but what do other people do to just rid themselves of the shame and sheer feeling of ugliness that comes with all of the above.
according to the doctor this is a really common thing. That doesnt console me one bit. I want rid. FOREVER.
Thanks for reading.
ps. Stupid irish health service.
Have a look at this thread: http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=152605
You could pay to have the work done privately, at a time more suited to you.
The doctor is right. GP's are not the best people to deal with this. The best thing to do is indeed to go to a GUM clinic or gynecologist. Yes, it's a bit inconvenient but that's life. I've missed days of college with various health issues, having to see specialists and the like. That's life. You can't just expect to click your fingers and have everyone come running to fix your problems. It's nothing to do with the Irish health service, I live in the UK and it's the same. Everywhere is the same. GP's aren't magic, they're there to diagnose most things and refer when necessary. This is something which usually needs a referral. It's not your doctor's fault you have genital warts, or any other medical condition. If the GUM clinic is far, it's far. No-one's problem but yours, to be quite honest. I've had to travel home to Ireland while abroad for outpatient treatments. My health is worth the inconvenience.
just spotting your thread i had them years ago when i was a teen, also had sws went to a std clinnic..it took months of going in to the clinnic to have them freezed..very painfull, nurse was lovely and even held my hand. (nurses really should be paid more) any way i also got this aldara cream think thats what it was called. had to be applied night and morning.. must admit i missed a couple of times and told the doc it wasnt working. then she gave me a cream called wartner (dunno how i remember these names) but anywho the magic of wartner had the warts gone in about two-three weeks happest day of my life when i walked out of the clinnis and had the all clear. after nearly 6months of being treated, as discusting as they are its just one of those this that happens to us unlucky people and i know how distressing it can be. i hope they clear for you soon
oh sugar, it isnt called wartner i dont think, think maybe iv got a bit mixed up
Please excuse my ignorance. Can genital warts only be contracted by having sex?
Fair play to Victor for suggesting you pay to get it done privately if you can't handle the "shame" of going to a clinic.
you're a student so I'm not sure what "commitments" you're referring to. What's so important that you can't take a day out of your busy schedule?
The solution is to learn an important lesson - you could have contracted a lot worse. Stop trying to blame your GP or the health service.
I got warts on my hands once (not my fault) but (the horror) I had to pay for a GP visit, then attend a public clinic every wednesday morning until they were gone. And at some stage i got a few small warts on my face... €40 for a gp referral, €120 for the consultant visit... major inconvenience regarding travel and time off work but guess what - I worked my busy schedule around it.
I also have HPV causing warts and got them as a result of being raped when a 15 year old virgin. I have done the treatment and I appreciate how upsetting and horrible it is, and how crap you must feel but I have to say I found your post odd. You feel awful about what you have and want to get rid of them, yet you're bemoaning the fact that, essentially, the doctors can't make it more convenient for you?
That seems fair enough to be honest. She doesn't have the right equipment for the job. Would you rather she continued applying painful cryotherapy with no results?
It sounds more like she wants you to get better and she knows that you'll achieve that by going elsewhere, specifically to somewhere that specialises in this kind of thing. Well Woman Clinics are quite good if you want to go private.
Again, fair enough on the doctors part. Cryotherapy is, in my understanding, the best way to deal with genital warts. It needs to be kept dry after freezing, this generally isn't a problem when it comes to the penis which is why the doctor would have been able to remove them. Not so easy for us ladies.
Make the time to go to your appointment. The fact that it is "miles away" is an inconvenience, nothing more. Get this treated and start moving on with your life. I completely understand how you feel but I do think you're being overly defensive.
Look, I don't want to appear insensitive, but if you want rid forever you need to go to your appointment with the people who are in the best position to deal with it, ie. the GUM clinic.
Thanks to all who replied.
Tenchifan , your post wasnt really that helpful , but thanks anyway.There's a big difference in having warts on your hand and warts on your genitals.
And also , a big difference between when men get genital warts and women get them. My GP told me that if I was a man , with visible warts on my penis , she would treat me no problem, but because Im a woman , and where they are , its way more complicated than that.
Misunderstood1 , I think it is called wartner ? is it not ? or is it warticon ! ? I tried it before , maybe I didnt use it for long enough ? and was impatient with the process?
I need to get this sorted anyway , it has gone on for way too long, and I look forward to the *all clear* day.
PLease god let it be this year.
yes yes it was warticon. maybe diff treatments work for different people.
i said aldara didnt work for me but my friend who also had genital warts used it and that cream cleared it up for her no problem.
it took me close enough to a year to get them clear, and it was the biggest pain in the ass ever but when they are gone itll be worth all the effort of trying diff creams and treatments till you find one that suits you.
Yeah, but that's how it is. Women nearly always suffer worse effects than men from STD's, that's just life. It can be difficult to treat internal stuff - I have to go to the hospital every 6 months to monitor abnormalities on my cervix. Yes, it's inconvenient, yes I've been unlucky, but it's better than dying of cervical cancer from not getting checked out and treated. I'm constantly having to go for checkups and scans and get poked and prodded at gynecologists because of a condition I have. It's not my 'fault', I didn't do anything to 'deserve' it, but that is life. If you don't take the necessary steps to help yourself, you can't expect other people to. I'm not sure why you're having a pop at your GP or the health service when they're doing their job. I know how frustrating it is, but taking a day off college or travelling to a clinic is really nothing but a minor inconvenience when it comes to your health. Just do all you can and then you'll know you've done your best.
Genital warts are caused by HPV, a most common form of sexually transmitted disease. I think lot of people try to cheat on someone even though they have genital warts.
First of all stop blaming the health service. It's your own fault you are in this situation.
Go to the Well Woman centre and use condoms in future.
i think its unfair to say its her own fault, these things happen. i know when i caught them i had been going out with a fella for two years, i never strayed but yet i got them..is that my fault to?
its a terrible experience to go through, and yes maybe she did go out and have unprotected sex but i think every one has or will at some stage of their lives do something stupid.
as for the health service, the girl have some right to feel a tad mad at the health service..
some doctors, you know are just in it for the money, they lack in social skills and are unable to empathize with a person.
doctors are they to heal peoplea ns give advice not to pass judgesment or make the person feel like they are being a nusiense (sorry i proberly spelled that wrong) for looking for treatment.