You Have Herpes Questions, the Top FAQ's Answered - Oh Sh*T Anniversary Pt.4
One of the things I distinctly remember when I was in the waiting period and wondering if I had herpes I also began to ask myself questions about living with herpes. I mean, what if I had herpes? How would my life look differently? How would I ever date again? Would I have to marry this guy that I was dating? Would I just be having constant outbreaks all the time or would I never get another outbreak ever? Literally, there were so many questions.
So I can imagine that if you were just diagnosed then you are having some similar if not the same quandaries. Here are the top three questions I get from the community and from the comments. The first one is typically the biggest
Will I ever have sex again?
And the answer is yes, of course you will. This was something I can remember thinking that I'll never have sex again and if I do, it will have to be with the person whom I got it from. I remember thinking that there is no way that anyone else will want me and that I am now used goods. The truth is that the desire and the yearning to have sex will have to come from within. It's up to you if you want to have sex again. But if you're worried and worrying about being accepted for having herpes you'll be so surprised at how accepting people can be.
Will rejection happen? Yes, it probably will. But did rejection happen before having herpes? Yep, it totally did. I have a lot of other videos where I talk about rejection and herpes so you'll have to check them out. But back to sex and having sex, it's totally possible to have a normal sex life now that you have herpes. And I think that you'll find that herpes really has nothing to do with it. But like I said, all of this is in other videos.
The next big question I get is about preventing outbreaks.
You guys DM me or leave comments asking about how to prevent the next outbreak or what can you do to lessen the frequency of outbreaks. So yes, it's possible to help with herpes outbreaks. There are antivirals you can take daily, there are other supplements you can take daily and there are topical creams you can use daily to help vanish the outbreak.
To quickly break it down for you, the antivirals are Valtrex, Valacyclovir and Acyclovir. They are prescribed to you by a doctor and they are FDA proven to help keep the HSV virus dormant in your system to a great degree.
Then if you are looking for something more natural-based adding L-Lysine to your diet can have huge benefits when fighting the herpes virus. L-Lysine is an essential amino acid or more commonly known as a protein. Lysine may help to slow down or prevent the growth of the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), HSV-1 requires arginine, which is another amino acid, to grow. Lysine helps prevent the body from absorbing arginine, making it difficult for HSV-1 to grow and reproduce. Source. So in other words, consuming foods high in lysine or adding lysine supplements to your lifestyle can help make a big difference. If you're interested in the lysine I use you can check it out here.
And then last, but not least, there are essential oils and other nutrients that can help fight the virus topically. Essential oils such as Lemon Balm, Tea Tree Oil, Citrus Oils, Oregano Oil, Peppermint Oil, Chamomile Oil, Eucalyptus Oil and many more are helpful against the herpes virus as well as wound healing and soothing. We have the Secret Society Wellness products that are created uniquely for people living with herpes and are jam-packed with herpes-fighting ingredients.
And then another big question is, where did I get this from?
So in some cases, we might know exactly where it came from, but then other situations we may have no clue where it came from. Typically the virus pops up and makes itself known within the first 12 days. So typically when you come into contact with the virus you'll have your first outbreak within the first two weeks. However, this is not always the case. The HSV virus can have a mind of its own. A person can be exposed to the virus, but will not develop symptoms for weeks, months, and even years. And in most cases, people don't develop symptoms and are considered asymptomatic. So it's possible for people to be in monogamous relationships and suddenly develop herpes. In that situation, there really is no way of knowing when and where we picked it up. At the end of the day, the best way to handle this is to accept that we have it and not beat ourselves up over it.
If you're anything like me you'll have way more questions and you'll start to go down the rabbit hole. Ask your questions below so I can support you through this journey..
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