Cervix refers to the tissue that is responsible for connecting the uterus, or womb, with the vagina. There are two different types of cells that embed two distinct parts in the cervix:
- Glandular cells – the cells that line the area of the cervix that is closest to the uterus
- Squamous cells – the cells that line the part of the cervix that is closest to the vagina
Both the glandular and squamous cells meet together in order to form an area that is known as the transformation zone. This area goes through multiple changes during the lifetime of a woman, especially during events like pregnancy and childbirth. These cells of the transformation zone keep on changing continuously change, which makes this area highly susceptible to abnormal cell growth.
These different conditions can cause different bumps to form on the cervix. Many of these bumps form as a result of HPV and are known as HPV bumps on the cervix.
In this article, we are going to talk about HPV bumps on the cervix.
SYMPTOMS OF HPV BUMPS ON THE CERVIX
Many times, the bumps that form on the cervix may just be benign or noncancerous cell growth. These growths may be cysts or polyps. Most of the time, there are no symptoms to detect whether you have bumps on the cervix or not, but other people may experience some symptoms. These symptoms of HPV bumps on the cervix are as follows:
- Painful or heavy periods
- Spotting or bleeding in between your periods
- Vaginal discharge that is foul-smelling
- Swelling or pressure in the lower part of the abdomen
- Frequent urination
- Pain in the lower back, legs, or pelvis
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Bleeding after sexual intercourse
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS THAT MAY CAUSE HPV BUMPS ON THE CERVIX?
The following are the risk factors that may make one vulnerable to the HPV virus and bumps on the cervix:
- Having multiple sexual partners: The number of sexual partners one has is directly proportional to the probability of developing HPV bumps on cervix. Meaning that the more sexual partners that you have, the more you are likely to develop the HPV virus. Engaging in sexual intercourse with a partner who has had multiple sexual partners also increases your risk.
- Age: Genital warts or bumps occur mostly in adults. General warts are more likely to occur in children
- Weakened immune system: People with weaker immune systems are at more risk of developing the HPV virus. The weakening of the immune system may occur due to HIV or AIDS or drugs that may have been used after organ transplants.
- Personal contact: If you touch someone else’s warts without protection or engage in public services used by an HPV patient, then it may increase your risk and make you vulnerable to developing the HPV virus.
You must immediately seek a doctor if you or your child has any warts or bumps that may cause discomfort or pain.