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Sex and menstruation seem to trigger irritation for me. I'm not quite 4 months in, but wondering if it gets better over time? I'm frustrated BC I like to have sex EVERY day. Just shoot me! Lol

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When I was first diagnosed I had outbreaks with my period for the first three months. After that they stopped. I guess if sex is a trigger it's because of the "rubbing"?? So maybe try lube or something to make sure there's no chance for irritation?? Hopefully someone may pipe in with a bit more info xx

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Well when you first get this virus, your immune system doesn't have any defenses for it so certain things can trigger an outbreak.  Then after your immune system creates antibodies to keep the virus contained you can find those triggers no longer cause an outbreak.

Yes, if sex does cause outbreaks, it might be because of the trauma to the skin and lube could help with that.

Good luck!


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When I have sex now, lube HAS to be used or I get an outbreak. When I was diagnosed I stopped shaving "down there" for fear of causing an outbreak but it seems that was the least of my worries. I found out that masturbation and regular intercourse of lengthy duration can also set it off. My girlfriend is also positive so transmission risk is not an issue but for two weeks after a good night I suffer the consequences. Sex is not the fun it used to be. 

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