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You could try acyclovir a few days before your period is due?
It is difficult to tell – I thought I had a sanitary pad allergy! (And in fact some brands are worse than others – maybe try organic cotton?)
Sounds like it to me too…but then I am a bit paranoid and tend to think everything is herpes now.
I have only had something similar to what you describe once, after a particularly intense spinning class, and it lasted a few days. Red and inflamed, but otherwise nothing visibly wrong.
Hi Dr Kelly,
I was wondering where exactly the 1 in 4 women statistic comes from?
When I was diagnosed the Dr told me only 5% of the population (UK) have this. He might have meant the entire population, including those who aren’t sexually active, which might have reduced the figure slightly…but even so 5% seemed very low to me…and seeing as I caught this when I was young and having only had very few partners…well… I don’t know. I’d like to know for sure, because the internet would suggest there are a lot of people out there with it.
Incidentally, I think if people were made more aware how atypical symptoms can be, and if testing were offered as part of general STD screening, then a lot of people wouldn’t pass it on ignorantly. I think of myself as a responsible person, but given constant misdiagnoses I can see how this gets passed around willy nilly by people who don’t know they have it.
I can’t be certain, but I don’t think I have given this to anyone (other than my wonderful husband, which is really just too sad).
Hi Dr Kelly,
I wanted to ask your opinion on suppressive treatment at the end of pregnancy – the last few weeks. Did you take any medication? I have heard suggestions that one can go on either an acyclovir drip at delivery or take the pills in the run up to labour.
I wouldn’t want to take anything that might harm my baby, but I also don’t want to be the cause of harm to my baby if I don’t take them!
(Men are so lucky, they have none of this responsibility).
Good to hear from someone else in this situation!
I am now about 8 weeks pregnant and I haven’t noticed anything different really. No outbreaks (although (apologies for graphic info) my pubic hair seems to be rather sensitive but I am not even sure if this is related to herpes at all – this virus confuses me!).
So thus far I would say that being pregnant doesn’t bring on outbreaks the way menstruation did for me. I’ll let you know how I get on if you are interested.
Wishing you so much luck! From what I’ve read around the topic giving birth with herpes is fairly low risk – especially if you know you have it and have had it for some time, and make your midwife etc aware. So I am hopeful that it won’t make a jot of difference.
I am taking the maximum strength Pregnacare multivitamin, which has all sorts and comes with a separate daily omega 3 capsule. It includes all sorts…vitamin D, folic acid and others. Incidentally I noticed it also includes arginine which I have read is a trigger, but I figured my baby getting the best vitamins was more important than me potentially having an outbreak (and my outbreaks are so mild that they aren’t really clinically recognisable as herpes – although that comment reminds me how hopeless most doctors are at recognising and diagnosing herpes, in my experience).
If you meant am I taking any sort of acyclovir or repressive medication, then the answer is no. I never have done and I wouldn’t want to whilst pregnant. I think they suggest taking it towards the end of pregnancy to prevent outbreaks near delivery, and if it makes sense I might do that.
Hope this helps!
Hi Dr Kelly,
Thanks for your swift response. I’ve actually read your book (I think that’s how I found pink tent actually). I thought it was very good, so thank you for sharing everything you’ve learnt.
Incidentally, I wanted more on herpes and pregnancy and also bought your book on that topic, but was disappointed to find it was almost identical in content to the pregnancy section from live love thrive. (Had I realised the content was so similar I wouldn’t have purchased both).
I had a couple of questions actually, about the diet and herbal things you mention. In my vast internet-surfing relating to herpes, there are numerous ‘cures’ mentioned (I am certainly aware that those newly diagnosed are easy to take advantage of), but I wanted to ask about using oregano in combination with a clean diet (there is some sort of suggestion that oregano can access the dormant virus. Sounds pretty far-fetched, but intriguing nonetheless). Although I have my doubts about that the claims do sort of fall into line with your advice on clean living and removing toxicity, so I figure there must be something in it. It is so tempting to believe the claims that a rigorous protocol could kill/clear the virus. Are you of the opinion that this is 100% not possible?
Also, I see that you approve of Hygeia. I was wondering whether you had come across Pronovex – my reason for asking is that they seem to be sort of similar in that they are natural anti-viral supplements, so I was wondering why you back Hygeia particularly (and if you had considered endorsing anything else)?
Oh, and I recollect in your book you are not a fan of vaccinations. So out of interest, were they to develop a vaccination for HSV, would you discourage loved ones from getting it? And if it were therapeutic, would you not consider taking it yourself?
Do you think anything can be done to stop people feeling this way?
I felt exactly like this. As though it would be better to stop living than have to wake up every day with the words ‘you have herpes’ screaming in my head.
I am angry that I have had to live with this most of my adult life. I believe it has affected my attitude to sex (seeing as I contracted it very early on in my sexual experience, it is as though sex for me is ‘dirty’, something to be avoided and something distasteful). I am deeply bitter that I have never been able to have a loving relationship without this virus being in it too, seeing as I met my husband when we were only 20, and I already had the virus at that point. I never had the opportunity to have a truly relaxed sexual relationship with him because of the psychological toll this virus has taken on me.
I worry that my relationship with sex has been very damaged. It is rarely something I want to do and I can’t help thinking that the psychological damage of herpes is far greater than the physical damage. And if there were anything that could lessen this…a change in the reputation of herpes socially, an awareness…anything that would lessen the blow of knowing you have to deal with it for life…then it would help so many people deal with this chronic illness. It is a perception that we are all suffering from.