Genital herpes outbreaks and birth control pills

frustr8ed Community Member April 15, 2008
  • I have not had an outbreak for almost 7 years. During this time I have also not been on birth control pills. Two months ago, I started taking the pill and 3 days before my menstrual cycle starts, I have an outbreak. This has happened both last month and this month. Why all of a sudden am I "active" again? Could the pill and my body adjusting to hormone changes have something to do with these recent outbreaks? I asked my gyno today but she said she had never heard of the pill causing herpes outbreaks before.  I am not currently sexually active (and haven't been for awhile) so I don't know whether to stop taking the pill or continue and see if it happens again next month. Any suggestions or comments from anyone who has experienced the same thing?
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  • Tinker14
    Jul. 13, 2014
    I had my first outbreak a year and a half ago, the doctors put me on the pill and for the next 4 months I had an outbreak starting every month just before my period and lasting about a week. I went to the doctors and they have me an anti inflammatory pill named aciclovir, which I took twice a day for a year. This successfully stopped the outbreaks but I was...
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    I had my first outbreak a year and a half ago, the doctors put me on the pill and for the next 4 months I had an outbreak starting every month just before my period and lasting about a week. I went to the doctors and they have me an anti inflammatory pill named aciclovir, which I took twice a day for a year. This successfully stopped the outbreaks but I was only allowed to stay on this medication for a year, I came off the medication about 4 months ago (I was still taking the pill) and once again the outbreaks started coming a few days before my period started. I only made the link between my outbreaks and the pill when my younger sister mentioned hormonal side effects from the pill and then I read posts on this forum. I stopped taking the pill as soon as I realised it could be the cause. I went to me doctors and booked an appointment to have a copper coil fitted (no chemicals). This was three weeks ago, I had a period and NO OUTBREAK!? Coincidence I think not!
  • mmmmmmmmmmmrrrrrrr
    Jun. 02, 2014

    I was diagnosed with type 2 about three years ago and only had about three outbreaks in the first two years. I began taking valtrex daily when I became sexually active with a partner who isn't infected (who I was honest with about my condition) just to be safe and protect him. No outbreaks during this time, and I'm still on suppressive therapy- however I began...

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    I was diagnosed with type 2 about three years ago and only had about three outbreaks in the first two years. I began taking valtrex daily when I became sexually active with a partner who isn't infected (who I was honest with about my condition) just to be safe and protect him. No outbreaks during this time, and I'm still on suppressive therapy- however I began Loryna birth control (generic yaz) about a month ago- and I've had two TERRIBLE outbreaks! One was almost as bad as the initial one. I went to my gyno today and she said that BC messes with your liver and makes medicine like valtrex less effective- but after reading this thread I am assuming that some of you do not partake in suppressive therapy and that BC possibly causes type 2 to become active. I wish that doctors were more aware of this, I would have NEVER gone back on birth control again! Thankful to finally have an answer though- I just graduated college and have never been LESS stressed, so everything I thought could be contributing to my OBs is crap. 

  • Anonymous
    loving life again
    Jan. 27, 2014

    I contracted herpes while on the same pill I've taken for years and my OB have been bad. I've been getting them weekly for pushing a year now. Its been pretty horrible. Some are minor and visually hard to see but the pain and the itching are almost unbearable. Then I found this thread and thought what the hell, I'll stop taking my pill for a month and see what...

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    I contracted herpes while on the same pill I've taken for years and my OB have been bad. I've been getting them weekly for pushing a year now. Its been pretty horrible. Some are minor and visually hard to see but the pain and the itching are almost unbearable. Then I found this thread and thought what the hell, I'll stop taking my pill for a month and see what happens. I'm now two weeks without even a tingle. May not seem like a big deal for some but to me this is just amazing! I feel almost normal again. And let's be honest ladies, synthetic hormones isn't good for even a healthy body. Its linked to a bunch of long term side effects. There are dozens of forms of birth control that don't involve poisoning our bodies. Just food for thought! So happy to be starting this pill free journey :)

  • Anon1234
    Nov. 16, 2013
    Hi After reading everyones comments about this I'm a bit confused and wondering if anyone has any suggestions or thoughts please.... I'm now 21 and when I was 15 after sleep with my first boyfriend (first partner) I got really bad flu symptoms and genital sores. I went and got checked and was told I had herpes...however, the test results came back negative...
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    Hi After reading everyones comments about this I'm a bit confused and wondering if anyone has any suggestions or thoughts please.... I'm now 21 and when I was 15 after sleep with my first boyfriend (first partner) I got really bad flu symptoms and genital sores. I went and got checked and was told I had herpes...however, the test results came back negative for both type 1 and 2. So they told me to just be careful. After this I started on the pill and have been on 3 different types of pill since and never had any problems what so ever. I have recently split with my long term boyfriend and thought I'd give my body a break and stop taking the pill. It's been two months of no pills and I came down with bad flu on Tuesday, soreness down there by Thursday and from today (Saturday) herpes sores!?!? So confused....after testing negative for the virus and 6 years of nothing!! This doesn't make sense. I'm wondering if sudden hormone changes do cause outbreaks. I'll be at the clinic Monday morning for answers! Help and thoughts anyone please!?!
  • y_not_dinner
    Aug. 30, 2012

    I believe herpes outbreaks are connected to hormones. i'm a older male with decreaseing hormone levels. I have an outbreak about 6 months and it is so mild that I didn't know what it was ...just a couple of small blisters.

     

    Stress has nothing to do with herpes. I just went though 6 months of cancer (you can't get more stressful than that) and my outbreak...

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    I believe herpes outbreaks are connected to hormones. i'm a older male with decreaseing hormone levels. I have an outbreak about 6 months and it is so mild that I didn't know what it was ...just a couple of small blisters.

     

    Stress has nothing to do with herpes. I just went though 6 months of cancer (you can't get more stressful than that) and my outbreak was right on time. unfortunally, chemo won't kill herpes.

     

    also for the herpes pills to be effective, the dose needs to be continious. you can't start and stop or just use it for a few days before having sex.... i have heard of people who only get one weekend a month off work, so they only take the drug for just a few days.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Aug. 03, 2012

    Well, ladies, after looking this up online, as I've been outbreak free as well for years, until I went back on the pill - I find that many of you have had the same symptoms. I'm no doctor - but DUH OB/GYNs and medical community - here are your statistics!  I'm going to chalk it up to the hormones in the pill and go off of them!

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    Anonymous
    Aug. 03, 2012

    Well, ladies, after looking this up online, as I've been outbreak free as well for years, until I went back on the pill - I find that many of you have had the same symptoms. I'm no doctor - but DUH OB/GYNs and medical community - here are your statistics!  I'm going to chalk it up to the hormones in the pill and go off of them!

  • Anonymous
    jane
    Sep. 22, 2010

    I have had genital herpes for three and a half years now (got it from my first boyfriend, the person I lost my virginity to, TERRIBLE LUCK), and for a year and a half I was outbreak free. I started taking taking yaz about a year ago and have had an outbreak every month since then. As far as I can tell there is DEFINITELY a connection between birth control hormones...

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    I have had genital herpes for three and a half years now (got it from my first boyfriend, the person I lost my virginity to, TERRIBLE LUCK), and for a year and a half I was outbreak free. I started taking taking yaz about a year ago and have had an outbreak every month since then. As far as I can tell there is DEFINITELY a connection between birth control hormones and outbreaks!!

    • Karmaistrue
      May. 31, 2011
      I was so happy to see this topic ... Back in 2003 I was diagnosed with gentile herpes ... The first year & a half was the worst, it seemed like every month I was getting an outbreak. I went on daily valtrex which initially helped & the outbreaks decreased. I decided to cone off the meds once I started to notice pinpoint red spots on my skin Fast forward 5 yrs...
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      I was so happy to see this topic ... Back in 2003 I was diagnosed with gentile herpes ... The first year & a half was the worst, it seemed like every month I was getting an outbreak. I went on daily valtrex which initially helped & the outbreaks decreased. I decided to cone off the meds once I started to notice pinpoint red spots on my skin Fast forward 5 yrs & my OB were coming maybe 2-4 times a yr & they were extremely mild. I got pregnant w/ my son in 2009, & the OB increase during pregnancy .... @ 30 weeks my Dr put me on daily valtrex just as a precaution... I was able to vaginally deliver my son (mo complications @ all) After my pregnancy I decided wanted to go on BC & I decided on Mirena...The first yr things were fine but I noticed recently whenever it comes close to my period I'm getting an OB.... In 2011 alone I've had about 5-6 OB .... I thought I had this under control but it feels like I'm starting all over again I'm contemplating having my IUD removed because I just can't take it ... I'm also taking Lysine (just started this week)
    • htown
      Jun. 17, 2011
      Wow! For a YEAR and a HALF I have had CONSTANT outbreaks! I've gone to several doctors and they all said my IUD had nothing to do with it. I'm going to get it removed next week. I'll come back and post the results. But you have no idea how relieved I am to hear this may be the reason and I now finally may have relief.
    • sally stead
      Aug. 18, 2011

      I am a 55 yo old woman and I'm post menapause.  I contracted HerpesII when I was 22.  Yep, 33 years now...I have been lucky and my OB are infrequent.  I have had several sexual partners over the years but have never passed it on.  However, last week, my OBGYN put me on Progesterine cream and I had an outbreak that was worse than the original! ...

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      I am a 55 yo old woman and I'm post menapause.  I contracted HerpesII when I was 22.  Yep, 33 years now...I have been lucky and my OB are infrequent.  I have had several sexual partners over the years but have never passed it on.  However, last week, my OBGYN put me on Progesterine cream and I had an outbreak that was worse than the original!  When I still had periods, I noticed that if I did have an out break, it was usually right before I started.  I could never tollerate BC pills (nausea & weight gain) so I used the sponge and eventually, after my 2 kids were born, got my tubes tied.  Seriously ladies, hormones, whether they come naturally, we ingest them or apply them as a cream cause outbreaks!  I have no idea why MD's haven't figured this out!  So glad we can let each other know.  Hang in there and take care of YOU!

    • Anonymous
      np
      Mar. 28, 2012
      Has anyone experienced outbreaks with this type of bc?
  • mad cow
    May. 14, 2010

    I haven't read anything yet online on these posts of a birth control pill that does NOT trigger outbreaks.  I have tried low-ogestrel and each time I started them, an outbreak follows within a day.  And once I stop taking low-ogestrel, the outbreak starts to go away. 

     

    I went to see a doctor about a diaphragm.  I wanted to avoid any...

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    I haven't read anything yet online on these posts of a birth control pill that does NOT trigger outbreaks.  I have tried low-ogestrel and each time I started them, an outbreak follows within a day.  And once I stop taking low-ogestrel, the outbreak starts to go away. 

     

    I went to see a doctor about a diaphragm.  I wanted to avoid any hormones added to my body, as I was trying to eat healthier and exercise, all to help with my outbreaks.  Although I told the doctor about my outbreaks starting with the  use of birth control pills, and stopping once I stop taking the pills, the doctor kept suggesting the nuvaring.  She stated that it has a very low dose of hormones and didn't think that birth control hormones trigger outbreaks.  Reluctantly, I tried the nuvaring anyway, (since the idea of keeping and reusing a diaphragm grossed me out and I wanted something as convenient as the pill), and had the worst outbreaks of any birth control I have used.  So I went back to the doctor's and told her what happened with the nuvaring, again, she didn't really think the nuvaring was to blame.  I told her I had read that I have read on other postings that progesterone triggers outbreaks.  So she prescribed loestrin 24 (loestrin 24 has a low dose of progesterone).  Once again, outbreak.  And this has happened a few times, I have stopped and started taking loestrin 24 just to see what follows and its the same every time. 

     

    I'm convinced that doctors dismiss birth control pills as a trigger for outbreaks because they have an interest in peddling the pills.  There is BIG business for keeping people sick and/or coming back to doctors office and pharmacies for crap that won't cure you, just might make you feel better for the time being. And worse, as we all know medications can cause dependency, that is sometimes irreversible.

     

    I am now writing off birth control pills.  I will just continue to try and eat a vegetarian diet, less dairy, less bread, etc.  more vegetables, more raw, more exercise, breathing, meditation and yoga, and see how it goes.  oh yeah, and get a diaphragm too.  I don't believe in staying on acyclovir every day for the rest of your life.  It can't be good for your body in the end.  The only thing your body should consume everyday is water.  I was on acyclovir for about 6 months, and when I tried to get a refill on my prescription, a different doctor advised me to let my body heal on its own and learn how to take care of myself to prevent outbreaks.  I really appreciated her advice and have been working on it since.  Probably makes a difference, seeing as she worked for the community health care clinic.  She works for the community, not her own pocket.

     

    good luck.

    • Anonymous
      beasley
      May. 28, 2010

      i just wanted to say that i was having the same problem - i was diagnosed with herpes two years ago and was on ortho tri cyclen lo.  ever since i was diagnosed i would get an outbreak the week before my period, every single month.  it was like clockwork.  even though my doctors told me it was not related, i decided to go off the pill because...

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      i just wanted to say that i was having the same problem - i was diagnosed with herpes two years ago and was on ortho tri cyclen lo.  ever since i was diagnosed i would get an outbreak the week before my period, every single month.  it was like clockwork.  even though my doctors told me it was not related, i decided to go off the pill because that was the only thing i could think of - i eat right, exercise 4 times a week, and have a history of an exceptionally strong immune system - plus i read all these comments on this site and thought it must be related.  6 months after going off the pill, my outbreaks went away completely!  i think it took 6 months of being off the pill because it takes a while for the pill to get out of your system (i noticed after the six month mark other signs that the pill was gone from my system like slightly worse skin, a different length cycle, etc). i should mention that the month i went off the pill, i got a couple really bad outbreaks, i think because of the sudden hormone change.  if this happens to you don't worry - it might get worse before it gets better.  hang in there because it is worth it.

       

      this site basically saved my life because i would not have tried going off the pill if i hadn't read all these posts, so i wanted to comment and let anyone else struggling out there know that the pill IS definitely the cause of outbreaks, at least for some people.  i've been outbreak-free for three months now and it is incredible after having an outbreak every single month at the same time for 2 years!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      May. 28, 2010

      i'm so glad you posted b/c i've been having an outbreak for 2 weeks now, with constant itching and discomfort that is worse during evenings and nights.  i haven't been able to sleep.  i did just get off the pill this month, and i know it takes time for the pill to completely exit the system.  i just didn't know how long it would take.  some...

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      i'm so glad you posted b/c i've been having an outbreak for 2 weeks now, with constant itching and discomfort that is worse during evenings and nights.  i haven't been able to sleep.  i did just get off the pill this month, and i know it takes time for the pill to completely exit the system.  i just didn't know how long it would take.  some days i wonder if it will ever go away and would get depressed.  this puts my mind at ease, now at least i have a timeframe.  thank you  !!!!!

       

       

  • drumnbassprincess
    Apr. 01, 2010

    hey, i just had my first herpes outbreak, and it happened while i was pmsing and lasted right through my period and another week after it was over....i am on the pill, and even tho this is my first outbreak, i cant help but think the hormones in the pill had something to do with it...i stopped taking the pill and we will see if i get another one aroun my next...

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    hey, i just had my first herpes outbreak, and it happened while i was pmsing and lasted right through my period and another week after it was over....i am on the pill, and even tho this is my first outbreak, i cant help but think the hormones in the pill had something to do with it...i stopped taking the pill and we will see if i get another one aroun my next period....ladies i am so scared this sucks i am only 22 and i have a boyfriend ive been with him for 2 years i havent told him yet i dont know how.....for those of you who have it, is it true that the first one really is the worst? because it wasnt really painful, physically i can deal with it....its the unsightliness/social stigma/fear of transmitting that really bothers me

    • supportHerpesCure
      Apr. 03, 2010

      Glad that I read these posts. I am new to GH. My last outbreak was a few months ago when I drank hot chocolate and ate peas without knowing that it might trigger outbreak. Just a few days ago I decided to start taking birth control pills because of my acne. Then within two days, I felt my outbreak was coming. Now I know it has a strong connection.  I need...

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      Glad that I read these posts. I am new to GH. My last outbreak was a few months ago when I drank hot chocolate and ate peas without knowing that it might trigger outbreak. Just a few days ago I decided to start taking birth control pills because of my acne. Then within two days, I felt my outbreak was coming. Now I know it has a strong connection.  I need to avoid birth control pills and other food in order stay outbreak free before a cure is found (http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/herpes-cure-coalition/index.htm). Thanks you all for sharing this important information. And yes medical community seems quite ignorant about the correlation between control pills and outbreak.  They need to be more educated!!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Sep. 02, 2010

      Hi, I'm the same age and I've had herpes for a year now, and its been tough coming to terms with it. Even though I contracted it in a monogamous relationship, using condoms, the association of being promiscuous led to stress and shame, which can in turn triggers outbreaks. its ridiculous!

      when really 1 in 4 adults in the USA are predicted to have a form of...

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      Hi, I'm the same age and I've had herpes for a year now, and its been tough coming to terms with it. Even though I contracted it in a monogamous relationship, using condoms, the association of being promiscuous led to stress and shame, which can in turn triggers outbreaks. its ridiculous!

      when really 1 in 4 adults in the USA are predicted to have a form of the virus. 

       

      I recently got into a new relationship. For ages I was scared to have sex because I was worried I would pass on the virus. I was also too scared and ashamed to discuss it with him. However, when I finally plucked up the courage he was so understanding, and didn't see why I was so upset. He has been the biggest help accepting that its something I just have to live with, not uncommon and at the end of the day just bad luck.

       

      Actually when the virus is not active it is unlikely you will pass it on through sex, and using condoms during an outbreak, although not a 100% safe method, does reduce the risk of passing it on. 

       

      At the end of the day, honesty with your partner and yourself is the best way to deal with it. I also told a few close friends, and their positive responses and support also helped. its not something you should have to deal with alone. the stigma is also mainly in your head, and from lack of understanding of what it is. at the end of the day, its not going to kill you, and yes its uncomfortable but for myself I found the stigma surrounding the virus was the hardest thing to come to terms with.

       

      I also have no doubt that there is a connection between OBs and contraceptive pills. I didn't have an outbreak after my first for 3 months, then none for 6 months, I recently went on the pill and have had 3 OBs in 8 weeks. some forms of contraceptive pill release the same hormones as when you are pregnant, telling your body not to release another egg. pregnancy is a known trigger of outbreaks, so why doctors can't put 2 and 2 together is stupid.

       

      Does anyone know of any forms of contraceptive pills which don't seem to cause outbreaks? 

    • Anonymous
      anonymous
      Feb. 09, 2011

       I am 28 years old and got herpes when I was 21. The first one most definitely was the worst and as the years when on it got less frequent and less intense, at times where I didnt even know if it was an outbreak or not.  I have not an outbreak ( that I've known about) for years. I have been with my boyfriend for a year and a half and did not tell...

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       I am 28 years old and got herpes when I was 21. The first one most definitely was the worst and as the years when on it got less frequent and less intense, at times where I didnt even know if it was an outbreak or not.  I have not an outbreak ( that I've known about) for years. I have been with my boyfriend for a year and a half and did not tell him about it. I was too scared to tell him at first because I didn't want him to dismiss me solely based on this fact and then as more and more time went on, it got harder and harder to tell him.  I have recently been stressed out a lot due to money and I also recently started birth control again and saw and felt a bump. I knew that if I loved him I had to come clean. We always are able to talk and work through anything so I told him last night and ... well, he was mad. But more mad that I've kept something like that from him for a year and a half , not so much about having Herpes. We are already getting through it and I'm just going to try and educate him about it and let him know that the stigma that goes along with it is not how it actually is. There are articles that give advice about how to tell your partner and maybe giving him the facts about it will help him to understand its not just a disease for dirty sluts ! My advice is to tell him sooner or later, and if he leaves you because of it then he's not worth it.

    • Living with it
      Dec. 05, 2012
      My first outbreak was the worst for me. I thought that because I cut myself while shaving and went into a public water park that I had conjured up an infection. Waddled around for two weeks, sores all over down there. It was horrible. I was so confident that it was just an infection until I got the diagnosis. The best advice I can give about telling your partner...
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      My first outbreak was the worst for me. I thought that because I cut myself while shaving and went into a public water park that I had conjured up an infection. Waddled around for two weeks, sores all over down there. It was horrible. I was so confident that it was just an infection until I got the diagnosis. The best advice I can give about telling your partner is just do it. At the time, my partner was the only person I had ever been with and he had been away for a week. I knew what I had found out would shock him, and I would be to blame, but if he loved me he would deal with it. The idea of "herpes" is the worst though. People just don't understand the virus. We aren't dying, we aren't dirty, I've slept with 2 people my entire life and have been commited to both for years at a time so I know I'm not a whore, we aren't killing anyone if its passed on (not to say we shouldn't be cautious, you understand), I tell myself it's like having a painful case of genital acne. I'm going to try the three remedies I've read about in hopes my ob's become less frequent. My stress levels are always through the roof so they pop up all the time. It's such a relief to read others experiences.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Nov. 07, 2009

    You know...this is the first time I have ever written a comment.  It makes me mad that doctors don't check out what we tell them.  I am 57, had a hysterectomy at 25, had a difficult time with taking premarin - migraines.  So I tried the patch and it helped.  But when I would forget or neglect taking it, I got fever blisters.  So much...

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    You know...this is the first time I have ever written a comment.  It makes me mad that doctors don't check out what we tell them.  I am 57, had a hysterectomy at 25, had a difficult time with taking premarin - migraines.  So I tried the patch and it helped.  But when I would forget or neglect taking it, I got fever blisters.  So much is said about blood clots, and at my age everyone freaks that I take premarin...especially the doctors, the pharmacists...but my mom at 80, was just put on it!!!  So once again, this week I stopped taking it..my doctor won't give me a prescription...she wants me to stop...herpes out break in my ear, and on the ed ge of my nose.  I have had it in my eyes before.  The ear...really painful.  The edge of the nose ...ugly and painful.  The eyes ... just awful.  Why should I stop?  The blood clot issue...give me a thinner.  Hell, everyone is on them for colestoral (sp?) anyway.  Live with herpes sores and pain or wonder if I'm gona get a blood clot....this is bull.  Why can't the medical profession be more open and listen to those of us who are dealing with this crap.

    • Anonymous
      lovels
      Mar. 12, 2010

      I'm so relieved to see these posts. It just lets me know I'm not the only one who thinks that there is a connection between birth control pills and outbreaks. About three weeks ago, I started on Sprintec (generic Ortho Cylcen) and of course, 3 days later I get an OB, which ended up lasting the entire time. I threw the pack out yesterday with 3 active pills...

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      I'm so relieved to see these posts. It just lets me know I'm not the only one who thinks that there is a connection between birth control pills and outbreaks. About three weeks ago, I started on Sprintec (generic Ortho Cylcen) and of course, 3 days later I get an OB, which ended up lasting the entire time. I threw the pack out yesterday with 3 active pills left because I couldn't handle the 3 week long OB.

       

      I called my doctor to see what she would say. I explained to her that I haven't really had any OB's in the last few months (was not on supressive therapy) until I got on the BC pills. She said she had never heard of BC pills causing outbreaks and instead suggested I get tested for HIV! She said my immune system might be weak and that being the reason why I got the OB's! That made no sense to me, but needless to say, she freaked me out for no reason, I even started thinking that I might be HIV positive (have been with the same person for 4 years, before that with no one for 2, have no symptoms so it never even crossed my mind to get tested). She then suggested I throw the pills out and start using condoms to see if the OBs would go away. I threw the pack away yesterday, and guess what? My OB is slowly disappearing already and this is only the 2nd day. I'm sure in 1-2 days it will be completely gone.

       

      It just goes to show how doctors can scare a person to death when in all actuality, they often have no idea what they're talking about themselves. I guess she felt as though she had to give me some sort of an answer, but sending me to get tested for HIV was jumping the gun just a bit. Now I know I'm not crazy and the only one who this is happening to. BC pills for some of us can evidently be a huge trigger of OB's and doctors need to start getting their information straight.

       

      I'm never getting back on any other BC pill again.

       

      I hope my post helps someone out there!

  • Anonymous
    Ms. H
    Jul. 18, 2009

    I am 100% sure that my freq OB are due to taking the pill, these posts confirm it! I was OB free for years and started taking the pill this year. I can predict w/i a few days when I will get an outbreak, based on my pills. I am going to stop taking birth control at the end of this pack!  

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jul. 22, 2009

      this is the most reassuring and depressing site i have seen!  i never had an outbreak until started taking birth control pills.  the first outbreak i had been in a stable relationship for two years!  now i have gone on birth control pills three times in the past 6 years and have each time had an outbreak, on yaz, cyclene and a tricyclene. ...

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      this is the most reassuring and depressing site i have seen!  i never had an outbreak until started taking birth control pills.  the first outbreak i had been in a stable relationship for two years!  now i have gone on birth control pills three times in the past 6 years and have each time had an outbreak, on yaz, cyclene and a tricyclene.  i cannot beleive that there has not been a realized connection to birthcontrol pills and herpes outbreaks.  its definately real.  i stress all the time and have been way more stressed in my life, and no problems.  infact, im in love and got on birth control to have sex with my boyfriend without condoms and now this.  nightmare.

    • adele137137
      Jul. 04, 2011

      HEYY umm personal question.. you said that you don't use condoms with your boyfriend...

       

      I'm in the same boat with mine.. we haven't been together that long but we love each other for sure. He knows that I have it and was so supportive about it he said to me "i dont care if i get it, that we'll be together forever anyway" and things like that which is...

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      HEYY umm personal question.. you said that you don't use condoms with your boyfriend...

       

      I'm in the same boat with mine.. we haven't been together that long but we love each other for sure. He knows that I have it and was so supportive about it he said to me "i dont care if i get it, that we'll be together forever anyway" and things like that which is great... but i can't knowingly give it to him...............

       

      but when we do have sex he can't use condoms, he's tried and it is like an instant turn off........ and so we don't use them... and thus far he hasn't contracted it... i was just wondering if you and your partner have been having unprotected for a while or if he had contracted it or not????? i get very paranoid that i'm going to give it to my partner but i have heard of other couples sleeping together unprotected for years and the uninfected partner doesn't get it......

       

      if that's too personal i understand, but i guess for my own piece of mind i'd like to know that i'm not the only one doing this.....

  • astatine
    Jun. 06, 2009

    I have had genital HSV1 (yes oral herpes down there) for about 5 years.  I have changed birth control a couple times, but never paid attention to OB:BC occurence.  I have been on depo provera for a long time now, off and on, and my OBs are so frequent, about 2 or 3 times a month.  Well, intercourse is a nightmare.  I usually get a small...

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    I have had genital HSV1 (yes oral herpes down there) for about 5 years.  I have changed birth control a couple times, but never paid attention to OB:BC occurence.  I have been on depo provera for a long time now, off and on, and my OBs are so frequent, about 2 or 3 times a month.  Well, intercourse is a nightmare.  I usually get a small OB afterward.  And I feel like my "woman-ness" HATES me.  I just started Valtrex- exactly one month, and have had 2 OBs since.  I know, I should give it time.  I am changing my BC next month, when my Depo wears out.  I can't take it any more.  I am going to try Yaz.  My Dr. recommended it.  I was also doing some research.  Prostoglandins are responsible for nerve pain and inflamation. They are also found in semen.  I am going to start a new diet as well, a low prostoglandin diet. (That sounds funny- sorry). I am also going to start Prostoglandin-antagonist therapy.  I have used olive leaf extract and lysine biblically and STILL have frequent outbreaks.  I stay away from red meat and chocolate.  If anyone has any advice, I would love it.  I am desperate.  OH, I just bought that H-balm online today.  We'll see.

    Astatine...

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Sep. 03, 2009

      My story... infected nearly 15 years ago by former husband.  Didnt do much about it back then, even though I was having outbreaks at least once a month it seemed. Very mild for the most part... so I tried to ignore it.  Well... about 3 years ago I really started tracking things and realized how often it was happening.... sometimes only a break of...

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      My story... infected nearly 15 years ago by former husband.  Didnt do much about it back then, even though I was having outbreaks at least once a month it seemed. Very mild for the most part... so I tried to ignore it.  Well... about 3 years ago I really started tracking things and realized how often it was happening.... sometimes only a break of a day or 2 before symptoms start up again.  I finally got over embarrassment and got acyclovir from the Dr.... but it didnt seem to help at all for episodic treatment.  I actually got ON birth control during that time to see if that would help regulate things with my cycle.... and maybe in turn help control outbreaks.... nothing changed.  Well, a year ago I went back to dr and finally got a blood test to make sure I had what I thought I did.... I did, but it is HSV1.  Most of my research tells me that HSV1 only frequently reoccurrs genitally in about 1-2% of the people who have it... Lucky me I guess.... or maybe they are wrong!   GOOD news was.... I went on suppressive therapy 400mg Acyclovir, 2times/day.... and it finally seemed to be working!  outbreak in Sept, then one in November (which was actually a long time for me)... and then NOTHING for 8 months!!! wow.... a LONG time in my case.  Well.... sadly I am now having the longest OB ever.... going on 5 weeks.... same as it used to be and I am still taking the acyclovir.... getting very discouraged!!!  I did have some sleep deprivation right before it started.... and then got a pretty bad cold... but all that is done now and still no change...... I was on birth control during the 8 months w/o an outbreak, so I didnt think that was an issue.  However, now that I cant get this to stop.... I will try discontinuing the Bp.  Im not giving up on the acyclovir yet! increased my dose to 3 times a day... almost seems like once I can get through an OB.... the acyclovir helps to keep it from coming back for a long time.... but during the OB.... it doesnt seem to help me much...... good luck to you all...

    • astatine
      Sep. 03, 2009

      Hi!  Thank you for your response!  Well, since then, I did stop the Valtrex. Acyclovir made my outbreaks worse too.  And I was afraid I was making the virus stronger because my outbreaks (OB) kept getting worse.  I feel it induced OB's.  Again, I have HSV1 down there.

      But I got the HBalm in the mail shortly after.  Initially...

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      Hi!  Thank you for your response!  Well, since then, I did stop the Valtrex. Acyclovir made my outbreaks worse too.  And I was afraid I was making the virus stronger because my outbreaks (OB) kept getting worse.  I feel it induced OB's.  Again, I have HSV1 down there.

      But I got the HBalm in the mail shortly after.  Initially it stings but then kind of numbs away the pain.  Oddly, it left a very strong taste in my mouth- and I wasn't putting it in my mouth!!Smile  But the Hbalm helped those OBs go away FAST!!  The moment I feel something tingling I put it on.  But since I first wrote I have had one OB that lasted about 3 days and another that went away the next day!!  So, since June 6, 2009 there has only been 2 OBs!!!!!   And I thank Hbalm and a lysine pill that has *vit C, echinacea, goldenseal, licorice, propolis, and garlic .  I also stopped taking th DEpo shot.  I was getting OB at least 2 times a month! Sometimes 3!  Now I am on Yaz. I have been on it for 2 months now.  Again, since june, I have only had 2 MINOR OBs!!  I believe every one will respond differently to each treatment, but the two things I recommend to EVERYONE with HSV1 or 2 is the HBALM and LYSINE w/  (*all that stuff in it)  .  You are supposed to use Hbalm several times a day.  I did for the first OB but the second time I only put it on twice that day and  the OB was gone!! I also take the lysine at the initial "itch".  And again later in the day.  You can find Hbalm at a health store, online or at co-ops, or trader Joes.  I bought it online along with "Quantum Health" Super *Lysine + for "immune system". 

      OH, as far as my "Prostoglandin theory"  I was taking 2 baby aspirins a day.  Sex was not as painful!  I still eat a lot of dairy and meat now.  But since I haven't had an OB in over a month, I'm not too concerned.  But along with the Lysine and Hbalm I do take aspirin to relieve any pain and inflamation. 

      Best wishes to all!!!!!

      Astatine!!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Sep. 08, 2009

      I am so frustrated!  I posted earlier.... regarding HSV1 and ongoing outbreak for almost 5 weeks.... well now I am going on 6 weeks and although the symptoms are mild, I continue to get several bumps almost every day.... they do eventually go away... sometimes within hours... and I might have one full day with nothing...but then here it comes again! ...

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      I am so frustrated!  I posted earlier.... regarding HSV1 and ongoing outbreak for almost 5 weeks.... well now I am going on 6 weeks and although the symptoms are mild, I continue to get several bumps almost every day.... they do eventually go away... sometimes within hours... and I might have one full day with nothing...but then here it comes again!  Really confused as to why after 15 years of monthly outbreaks and I finally get suppressive therapy... and it WORKS..... that now after 8 months of absolutely not a hint of any symptom.... I am having this ongoing nightmare!  It has been a week of the increased dose of acyclovir with no change.  I keep hoping that if my body can just get the virus to go dormant again.... then the acyclovir will work again to keep it from coming back unless I have a high stress, sleep deprived few days (which I would work hard to avoid!).  I am wondering if anyone else has experienced anything similar?  I see posts all over the internet about acyclovir or other drug not working..... but so far have not come across anything that says it worked well for a long time... then stopped...and the OB was more prolonged than ever before.  I expected I might eventually have another outbreak since the drug does not always stop all OB's... but to have one go on so long?  Thanks for the previous post regarding some of the things you tried.... I agree that everyone is so different you have to keep trying things... or avoiding things... that might have an effect on this virus.  I might try Valtrex to see if the better absorption rate helps (but my insurance wont cover it like it does Acyclovir)... or Famvir (but same thing on the insurance).   I will make sure to post an update on where things are at in a few weeks..... it is always nice to read how things turned out for someone in these situations......

    • adele137137
      Jul. 04, 2011

      Hi, I'm recently new with all this, I only found out that I had HSV-2 since August 2010, since then I had two outbreaks that landed me in hospital (when I was initially contracting the disease and twice hospitals misdiagnosed me)

       

      finally my gp diagnosed it and famivir cleared it all up. I have tried three times to go on the pill and both times three...

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      Hi, I'm recently new with all this, I only found out that I had HSV-2 since August 2010, since then I had two outbreaks that landed me in hospital (when I was initially contracting the disease and twice hospitals misdiagnosed me)

       

      finally my gp diagnosed it and famivir cleared it all up. I have tried three times to go on the pill and both times three days into the course I flared up so much that I was in bed for days. I read what you said about the Hbalm and the lysine (sorry if i spelt them wrong) and I was wondering if they were of the affordable side of these kinds of remedies.

       

      Also is Hbalm a cream?? my gp said that you shouldn't put anything on the lesions or whatever you want to call them... that said he also denied that the pill could cause outbreaks, I think doctors should be reading these blogs because it seems to me that almost everyone on some type of bc has ob's...... 

       

      I have recently had an ob that has lasted three weeks and is finally going away. I tried famvir and it didn't do anything, out of frustration I stopped the medication and it stayed at a steady pace... not painful but uncomfortable... I started famvir again and it is REALLY SLOWLY!! going away....... but yes basically I was just wondering about these two remedies you are recommending.

       

      I have ob's fairly frequently... sorry to tell the life story... but it's nice to know you can say anything about it and know the people who read it will understand... :) in that regard i'm very glad i've found this site........

  • Anonymous
    crazygirl
    Jan. 17, 2009

    I have done my own trail and OUTBREACK for years now.

     

    I will be outbreak free for months--over a year and will go back on the pill and then next cycle OUTBREAK

     

    I have not had an outbreak for over a year and it has been quite a stress filled year i get my stress under contro  strart eating better and working out all things that should help.....started...

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    I have done my own trail and OUTBREACK for years now.

     

    I will be outbreak free for months--over a year and will go back on the pill and then next cycle OUTBREAK

     

    I have not had an outbreak for over a year and it has been quite a stress filled year i get my stress under contro  strart eating better and working out all things that should help.....started the pill again after not taking for years and here I type right before I am going to cycle with an outbreak. 

     

    Dr after Dr says no corralation and then I get some birthcontrol and POOF OUTBREAK!!!

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Dec. 17, 2008

    My doctor recently changed my pill to Loestrin24FE and in the two months I have been taking the new pill, I have had two outbreaks back to back after being outbreak free for almost two years.  I have Valtrex on hand to take in the event of an outbreak but so far it has not helped much and the dose i take is quite high.  The nurse in my doctor's office...

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    My doctor recently changed my pill to Loestrin24FE and in the two months I have been taking the new pill, I have had two outbreaks back to back after being outbreak free for almost two years.  I have Valtrex on hand to take in the event of an outbreak but so far it has not helped much and the dose i take is quite high.  The nurse in my doctor's office says that there is no way the pill has anything to do with it -- it must be stress.  Since I am always stressed (and who isn't in this economy?), I am almost positive it has something to do with the new pills.  Are you by any chance on the same pill as I am?

    Thanks.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Dec. 20, 2008

      I got constant outbreaks when I was on Loestrin too.  My doc said the same thing "there is no connection b/t birth control and herpes outbreaks, and if there was this is such a low dose pill anyway... blah blah blah."  Anyway after constant outbreaks for 8 months, I stopped the pill altogether.  And guess what?  NO OUTBREAKS!!  I don't...

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      I got constant outbreaks when I was on Loestrin too.  My doc said the same thing "there is no connection b/t birth control and herpes outbreaks, and if there was this is such a low dose pill anyway... blah blah blah."  Anyway after constant outbreaks for 8 months, I stopped the pill altogether.  And guess what?  NO OUTBREAKS!!  I don't care what doctors says the connection b/t loestrin and awakening of the virus is undisputable, in my opinion.

       

      Anyway after about 6 months of being birth control and outbreak free, I went on Yaz (another ultra low dose pill) and damnit I got an outbreak the first month!  Both pills have the same estrogen but different progesterones, so I think one of these two theories is true..

       

      A)  All bc can awaken the virus in unlucky people (me and apparently you too)

      B)  The progesterone to estrogen ratio can cause the virus to awaken, and maybe I just need a higher estrogen pill

       

      What bc were you one before and did you get outbreaks then?

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Mar. 21, 2009

      i was outbreak free for about 5 years and was taking orthocyclen at the time.  last summer i switched to yaz, and i started getting outbreaks about twice a month!!  i stayed on yaz for about 6 months and continued having outbreaks twice a month.  i finally switched birth control pills and haven't had another outbreak since i got off yaz. ...

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      i was outbreak free for about 5 years and was taking orthocyclen at the time.  last summer i switched to yaz, and i started getting outbreaks about twice a month!!  i stayed on yaz for about 6 months and continued having outbreaks twice a month.  i finally switched birth control pills and haven't had another outbreak since i got off yaz. 

    • Anonymous
      N - 57
      Apr. 04, 2009

      I had my first outbreak right after starting menopause (when I used the cream Aldara for a few genital warts that I'd never had in my whole life before).   I never had a partner that had any symptoms and I've only been in long term monogomous relationships.  The pharmacist told me 1) estrogen fluctuation can cause outbreaks 2) I also read online...

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      I had my first outbreak right after starting menopause (when I used the cream Aldara for a few genital warts that I'd never had in my whole life before).   I never had a partner that had any symptoms and I've only been in long term monogomous relationships.  The pharmacist told me 1) estrogen fluctuation can cause outbreaks 2) I also read online testimonials from women who start estrogen hormone therapy after menopause have bad herpes outbreaks after years of no outbreaks (therefore, it lends credibility to your theory that the pill can cause them  and 3) the Aldara causes outbreaks because it suppresses the wart virus permanently but allows other latent viruses to flare up.

  • Anonymous
    Kanid
    Nov. 13, 2008

    Hi, i would just like to know if you stopped taking the birth control and did it make the hepes go away?

    I had an OB after being 2 years free in august 2008, and when i got my meds i also got the pill since i thought i'd hit two things with one stone whilst i was there, and my herpes ob has lasted 4months so far and ive been taking the pill the entire time,...

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    Hi, i would just like to know if you stopped taking the birth control and did it make the hepes go away?

    I had an OB after being 2 years free in august 2008, and when i got my meds i also got the pill since i thought i'd hit two things with one stone whilst i was there, and my herpes ob has lasted 4months so far and ive been taking the pill the entire time, now ive stopped taking it as of sunday gone and i feel alot better down there ...

  • Anonymous
    L Sunday
    May. 14, 2008

    if hormonal changes can affect herpes, then birth control pills would contribute to it, it seems very logical to me. 

  • CAM
    CAM
    Apr. 16, 2008

    Hi my name is Camilo, and I am a monitor of this Sharepost Community. I am not a certified healthcare practitioner and thus cannot provide you with any professional advice. I usually try to direct you to relevant parts of our site that may be helpful to your situation, but I cannot find anything  that directly provides an answer to what you are experiencing....

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    Hi my name is Camilo, and I am a monitor of this Sharepost Community. I am not a certified healthcare practitioner and thus cannot provide you with any professional advice. I usually try to direct you to relevant parts of our site that may be helpful to your situation, but I cannot find anything  that directly provides an answer to what you are experiencing. I did however find an article written by featured expert, Dr. Grayson, that could provide some helpful information. The name of the article is: Why am I Having More Frequent Outbreaks -- check it out. If you stil have any more questions, then I suggest you post a question addressed to Dr. Grayson, perhaps she could provide a more specific answer. I hope I was of some help and please feel free to continue posting with any other concerns you may have. Also, do not forget to consult your physician before adopting any new knowledge into practice.

     

    CAM 

  • Anonymous
    ATL Lady
    Apr. 16, 2008
    I began taking Olive leaf supplements (20mg potency @ 1 a day) and I have not had an outbreak in months.  If you read up on the other health benefits you will be amazed.  If you are suffering from outbreaks....trying this is worth it.  Any health food store should have it.  DO NOT use walmart or gnc brands.  You want a potent form. ...
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    I began taking Olive leaf supplements (20mg potency @ 1 a day) and I have not had an outbreak in months.  If you read up on the other health benefits you will be amazed.  If you are suffering from outbreaks....trying this is worth it.  Any health food store should have it.  DO NOT use walmart or gnc brands.  You want a potent form.  Staying happy and stress free is also helpful.