How Do You Get Pregnant without Transmitting Herpes to Your Partner?
When we hear about herpes or are diagnosed with herpes we automatically think we have to use a condom or some type of protection for the rest of our life.
I've had a lot of you ask me about my story and how did I get pregnant and was I worried about transmitting it to my husband.
OK so firstly my pregnancy story is a little different. I went through IVF, which stands for In-vitro Fertilization. In other words, Clinton was conceived in a lab and then he was implanted into my uterus. But before you jump to thinking that you have to go through IVF to have a baby just hold on a second. My husband and I had some fertility issues that had nothing to do with herpes. So with that being said, we had to go through IVF in order to conceive. And let me just preface here as well, herpes does not cause infertility and has zero impact on your ability to conceive or carry the baby. So you all can take a breath now and not go down that rabbit hole.
Back to how do you get pregnant with herpes? Well the same way you would if you didn't have herpes. You have sex and hope that the sperm and the egg meet up at the right time.
I know that doesn't answer your question because of the concern of transmitting herpes to your partner. Trying to get pregnant or not it's the same thing. I was saying there are 3 important things to do to prevent transmission but I just recently added a 4th. So here it goes.
- Communicate with your partner. What do you both feel comfortable with when it comes to herpes. Does your partner know that you have herpes? What have you done in the past to prevent transmission etc. Just because you've disclosed in the past you'll still need to have an ongoing conversation .
- If we weren't trying to get pregnant then I'd say use a condom but we're going to just skip right over that. I just wanted to make sure I mentioned that in case someone else reading this.
- Antivirals are FDA proven to help lower the risk of transmission of herpes by 48%. So if you or your partner are extremely concerned about transmission then taking the antiviral would be helpful. Keep in mind I'm not a doctor and cannot recommend and I encourage you do do your own research.
- And the 4th and newest addition to my list is add lysine to your diet. Lysine is a protein that is very helpful in keeping the herpesvirus from replicating. So by adding lysine high foods to your diet or taking daily lysine supplements to your regime you can help suppress herpes a little more naturally.
At the end of the day, enjoy that you and your partner are working on bringing a baby into this world. When we're concerned about herpes and all sorts of other things then it takes the fun and mindfulness away. If you have more questions you can let me know and I can continue to answer them.
Consider this an early congratulations on your little bundle of joy!
If you're interested in learning more about lysine supplements or want to know which ones I personally take you can learn more here.