Symptoms of herpes in women include blisters at the site of infection, swollen glands and flu-like symptoms, explains WebMD. With first-time infections, the blisters typically break open and leave inflamed, severely painful sores that crust over within a few weeks' time. In certain cases, herpes infections do not cause symptoms.
Additional symptoms of herpes in women include itching of the genitals, vaginal discharge and leg pain, according to the Office On Women's Health. Once a women is infected with herpes, the virus remains in the body for life. However, the virus can lay dormant for extended periods of time. When the herpes virus is activated due to stress, illness or sun exposure, infected individuals may experience repeat outbreaks. While symptom severity can vary from person to person, reactivated herpes outbreak symptoms tend to be less severe.
Women who are infected with the herpes virus may also experience irregular menstrual bleeding, burning urination and vaginal odor, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there is no cure for herpes as of 2015, medications are available that help to reduce the severity of symptoms, shorten the duration of herpes outbreaks or prevent outbreaks altogether. Women experiencing symptoms of potential herpes infections should seek immediate medical attention to ensure the illness is properly diagnosed and treated.