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I've been lurking on this site and read about people complain about symptoms after sex.  I haven't had sex for years but I remember now that months prior to getting diagnosed, I've gone to the gyno because I was complaining about itchiness and it always started after sex with my ex.  The first two/three times were because of BV/yeast.  I think it happened a few more times after that and I would just ask for BV medication over the phone since it felt the same and I was "sure" it's BV (or yeast, I don't remember exactly anymore), and she would just give me the prescription.  It wasn't until I felt burning down there on top of the itchiness when I asked her to check if it's really BV since it's recurring (and is now accompanied by burning sensation) - this is a different doctor now who did swab, then confirmed it's herpes.  After diagnosis my ex and I still had sexual contact for maybe a couple of months.  I still felt the same symptoms after sex --itching, sometimes accompanied by burning, sometimes not.  During that time the symptoms were confusing - I wasn't sure whether it was BV/yeast/herpes.  So now I'm realizing I may have had herpes for months (maybe even up to a year) prior to diagnosis which I ignored.  There had been times when the itch was bearable and just waited for it to subside.

I'm now concerned if this is going to happen when I do have sexual contact again.  I've had H for a few years now and I've seen improvements on the symptoms but they haven't been completely eliminated.  I used to have constant OBs for over a year and now it's down to a few times a year depending on how I eat/push myself in terms of getting stressed out.  I am able to control the OBs/prodromes through diet/lifestyle but not sure if this would also help alleviate symptoms when there's friction.

I was wondering --- to anyone who's had OBs/prodromes after sex, did you notice any improvement over time and was this proportional to your OBs/prodromes just in general or did you see any improvements (on symptoms after sex) just because of lube (regardless of overall symptoms)?





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