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Genital Herpes: What Women Need to Know

Herpes is an infection of the skin. The virus enters the body by coming in direct contact with the virus through mucous membranes. Mucous membranes where genital herpes enters the body are the penis and the vagina. When herpes surfaces on the skin a partner’s skin could rub against a partner’s genitals and that could spread the virus. If a condom is used the chance of coming in direct skin-to-skin contact with the virus decreases. Even if safe sex happens the fact is that women are more prone to catching genital herpes then men.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) women are much likely to catch herpes than men.  20.3% of females versus 10.6% of men aged 14 to 49 years old have genital herpes. Females are more likely to get genital herpes then men since the anatomy of the vagina is comprised of more mucous membranes than the male sex organ. Therefore, a female is more likely to get genital herpes from a male than a male is from a female. The most effective way to reduce the transmission of herpes is to have sex safe using condoms.

In many cases the human body naturally weakens the herpes virus. A female may experience a single cold sore on the labia or other parts of the genital region. The virus could go undetected for any period of time. Herpes could spread even when there aren’t any herpes outbreaks. There is not always a way to tell if herpes is on the surface of the skin. A burning, itching, or tingling feeling anywhere on the genital region could indicate the virus is on surface of the skin. The most effect way to reduce skin-to-skin contact is to use a lubricated latex condom. A lubricated condom is less likely to break. A female condom is also highly effectively to reduce herpes transmission.

If a female recently caught herpes outbreaks can occur two days to three weeks after coming in contact with the virus. There are cases where herpes outbreaks don’t occur for days, weeks, months, or years after coming in contact with the virus.  Herpes outbreaks could occur completely by chance. Sometimes a female could get outbreaks due to her menstrual cycle, stress, diet, lack sleep, and living unhealthy. Medication such as Valtrex and acyclovir could reduce the symptoms of herpes. Even while taking medication it’s not uncommon to experience symptoms of herpes. If the symptoms of herpes are active it’s best to refrain from having sexual intercourse because a partner would be more likely to come in direct contact with the virus.

The most effective way to manage herpes is to live a healthy lifestyle and to have safe sex. Herpes very rarely causes health complications. A female who has active herpes outbreaks is very likely to have a healthy child. However, herpes could be fatal to an infant. If you’re a pregnant mother with herpes you should get examined by a medical specialist. If herpes outbreaks occur around the six to nine-month period of a pregnancy a C-section is likely to take place. A female with herpes could remain healthy and not spread the virus with proper precautions.

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