In the final month of the year, I always find it helpful to not just think about the goals or resolutions I have for the following year, but to write them down. This way I have them documented in case I forget, and can look back on them next year to check my progress. I have already taken some notes on goals for my professional and personal lives, but have waited to use this website as a forum for the goals in my sex/romantic life.
One area of my romantic life that I’d like to improve is my sexual health. Although I’m on suppressive therapy, I still have herpes outbreaks from time to time. I’m very certain that reducing or (better yet) eliminating these outbreaks will raise my quality of life considerably. So for this post I’m going to start exploring and sharing my sex life resolutions with you by making a list of 10 ways we can prevent herpes outbreaks.
1. 1. REDUCE STRESS – Th...
I had my first HSV-1 outbreak one year and 9 months ago. I did not have any outbreaks during that time until recently when I have had three outbreaks in the last five weeks. Any idea as to why now I am having reactivations and several within a short time span? If you are having more frequent outbreaks of herpes , keep a diary or log of activities in your life that may be triggering them. Some possible triggers and what to do include: Local irritation. For some, friction from sex irritates the skin, triggering an outbreak. Experts recommend using a water-based lubricant to reduce irritation to prevent this. NOTE: avoid nonoxynol-9 and oil-based lubricants. The former can cause vaginal irritation, the latter, weakens condoms making them likely to break. Menstrual period. We don't know why, but the onset of your period may trigger a herpes outbreak. Immune system problems. ...
There is good news ahead for herpes patients, who usually suffer
through a week of treatment before their pain and symptoms are
The FDA has recently approved Famvir as a one-day treatment
option for patients with genital herpes, the first of its kind.
Used properly, under the new FDA dosing regimen guidelines, Famvir
can be used to prevent herpes outbreaks or curtail them as they
This is a huge step in treatment for a virus that affects 45
million people in the U.S. and whose symptoms often go
The key to herpes treatment is managing the virus in the first
signs of an outbreak, when the virus is most active. Studies showed
that patients who were treated with Famvir at these critical
moments greatly shortened the period of time needed for recovery
from herpes symptoms.
A 1,500-milligram once-a-day dosage has been approved for cold
sores, to be taken for one day at the onset of an outbreak.
A 1,000-milligram twice-a-day for one day dosage has been
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