Living With Herpes

The most reliable forms of living with herpes dating safe sex birth control are 1 to 5 percent ineffective, and include oral birth control pills, injections, implants, and IUD's. Other living with herpes forms of birth control, including male condoms, female condoms, diaphragms, and spermicide have a 14 to 20 percent risk of failure to protect you during herpes dating safe sex.

Living With Herpes

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While there are many living with herpes types out there, we're ready to give you a simplified outlook on what types of birth control are out there for living with herpes dating safe sex, and how to get them. Of course, everyone living with herpes or AIDS symptoms and dating should remember that the ONLY form of safe sex birth control that is 100% effective is abstinence, but having safe sex is an excellent way to protect yourself from herpes virus and other STD's. We'll start with the living with herpes types of birth control you can get over the counter at any drug store.

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Male Condom

This is a sheath of material that fits snuggly but not tightly around the penis to be used during sexual intercourse and is good for only one use. The living with herpes male condom is the most common form of over the counter birth control for herpes dating safe sex, and can be found at grocery, drug, or convenience stores. They are made of latex, but can also be made of lambskin or polyurethane for people allergic to latex products. Latex is the best kind of condom to get for living with herpes dating safe sex, so if you're not allergic to latex, this will provide the best protection for this style of birth control. Condoms cannot be used with oil-based lubricants such as Vaseline, other petroleum jellies, lotions, or oils. Male condoms for living with herpes dating safe sex can be used with sexual lubricants such as KY Jelly.

Condoms protect against pregnancy, STDs, herpes, and AIDS or HIV. There are many slang terms for male condoms for living with herpes dating safe sex including rubbers, love gloves, sheaths, raincoats, jimmy caps, and covers. Male condoms should never be used with living with herpes female condoms, but can be used with spermicide or the oral birth control pill. 

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Female Condom

This is a polyurethane tube with rings at either end, the small flexible ring at the closed end inserted vaginally to protect the uterine tract against male ejaculation. These are good for only one use. Female condoms can be found in drug stores with the other personal items. Female living with herpes condoms protect against pregnancy, STDs, herpes, and AIDS or HIV. They should never be used with a latex condom, but can easily be used in conjunction with the oral birth control pill and/or spermicide. Female living with herpes condoms aren't as reliable as male condoms for protection because of their penchant to slip out during intercourse, and the looseness of the top opening.

The Sponge

This is a soft, round piece of foam inserted into the vagina up to six hours before sexual intercourse that is impregnated with spermicide. Works by sitting in front of the cervix and effectively barring sperm from penetrating to the uterus, as well as killing sperm and absorbing it like the eponymous sponge. It lasts for twelve hours at a time, and for as many times as you want to have intercourse. The living with herpes sponge should be left in for six to eight hours after intercourse to ensure all the sperm is dead. Do not use the sponge during your period. Some people are allergic to the material of the sponge or the spermicide. The sponge can be difficult to remove. The sponge is, on average, only 82% effective against living with HERPES. There is no herpes cure. 



Spermicide is a chemical sold over the counter that kills sperm. This is placed one dose at a time within the vagina at least ten minutes before sexual intercourse. Living with herpes Spermicide comes in foam, cream, and jelly forms. Living with herpes Spermicide is viable for an hour, but you must use a new dose every time you have intercourse. Do not rinse your vagina for six to eight hours after living with herpes intercourse to make sure all the sperm is dead. This will not protect against oral herpes.

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It is best to go see your doctor before choosing any form of living with herpes birth control, as he or she can recommend a good choice for you, depending on your specific herpes symptom. There are also several kinds of living with herpes birth control that are just as effective, if not more so than the over the counter methods, which are approved by the FDA because they can only be gotten from a doctor. These by-prescription-only methods also include surgical methods of birth control, and are longer-term living with herpes choices.

Oral Birth Control

Also known as The Pill or Oral Contraceptives, oral birth control is a pill that a woman takes once a day, every day, to prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. These are usually distributed in packs of 28 pills, seven of which are placebos to simply keep the woman on track of when she is supposed to take them. Being on the pill has several benefits for women including shorter, lighter, and less painful periods. It can also help regulate your living with herpes periods and even help you have better skin. Being on the pill also has several risks including risk of blood clots, mood swings, headaches, and breast tenderness. Anyone living with herpes and thinking of taking the pill should speak with their doctor first regarding living with HERPES.

Diaphragm or Cervical Cap

These two are similar devices that are placed inside the vagina over the entrance to the cervix, usually with spermicide. The living with herpes diaphragm is shaped like a dome while the cervical cap is a thimble sized latex cap. You have to go to your doctor to be fitted with a diaphragm because there are different sizes. He or she will tell you how to use it properly, and how to clean it. There are three types of diaphragms:

Coil Spring Diaphragm - This type is for women with strong vaginal tone and is free of genital abnormalities.

Flat Spring Diaphragm - These are for women with a shallow pubic arch or moderate descent of the bladder or rectum.

Arching Spring Diaphragm - This other type is intended for women with weak vaginal tone, moderate descent of the pelvic organs, or with the uterus bent far forwards or backwards.

After living with herpes sex, the diaphragm or cervical cap must remain in the vagina for six to eight hours. The diaphragm or cervical cap is ineffective at preventing STDs. Both should not be used during your living with herpes period.

IUD (Intrauterine Device)

The IUD is a T shaped implant with a small string at the long end of the T that is put inside the uterine cavity. There are two types of living with herpes IUD.

Copper IUD - Remains in place for up to ten years at a time.

Progesterone-releasing IUD - These have a reservoir of progesterone that lasts for about a year, and has to be replaced annually. It works by hampering the sperm's travel through the uterine cavity and thickening the cervical mucous.

The IUD can help women with painful periods feel better and have less bleeding. This does not protect against STDs. The IUD can only be implanted by a doctor, and anyone considering it should speak with their doctor before making this decision.

Implants (Progestin Implants)

This living with herpes birth control system involves small, thin tubes filled with synthetic Progestin that are implanted under the skin in the upper arms. This works just like the pill, and can last up to five years, depending on how many tubes are implanted. Two tubes are the minimum and give women two years of protection. Six tubes are the maximum and give women five years of protection. After the tubes are worn, they are removed, and a new set can be surgically placed. The implants do not protect against living with herpes STDs.

Depo-Provera (aka The Shot)

The shot is an injection of progesterone that does the same thing that the pill does, stopping ovulation. Anyone living with herpes and using the shot needs to have one every three months, or four times a year. The shot can stop the period instead of just lessening it. The shot does not protect against living with herpes STDs or AIDS symptoms. The shot also works instantly, so the day you get the shot, you're protected. The Depo-Provera shot is the most popular brand of the shot. The living with herpes shot also has the same risks as the birth control pill.

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Vasectomy is the term for male sterilization. For this outpatient surgery, small incisions are made in either side of the scrotum and sections of the tubes that carry a man's sperm are removed and tied off. The sperm can no longer move from the testes to the penis and therefore there is no possibility of pregnancy, because when the man ejaculates, there is no sperm. This does not protect against STDs. This procedure is irreversible, so most men have sperm frozen in a sperm bank if they want children later. The surgery does not affect performance or libido for herpes dating. Female Sterilization

Female sterilization or "having your tubes tied" is a surgical procedure where a woman's fallopian tubes (tubes that lead from the ovaries to the uterus) are implanted with small blockers that cause scar tissue to grow and effectively stop eggs from dropping into the uterus. This is a surgical procedure, so it has to be done in a hospital. This does not protect against STDs or AIDS/HIV. This procedure cannot be reversed. Female sterilization carries the risk of ectopic pregnancy with it though that is very rare. A woman's periods don't stop, and she does not go into menopause any sooner than her body normally would have.

Morning-After Pill 


A highly controversial form of birth control, the morning after pill is a prescription drug taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, or when other methods of contraception have failed. The pill releases a high level of hormones into the body, making it very hard for the egg to survive, as well as sloughing off the layer in which the egg would attach to for pregnancy. The morning after pill is only 75% effective, and can harm the forming fetus, which may result in needing therapeutic abortion. This method also causes severe discomfort for the woman, including up to 48 hours of severe flu-like symptoms. There is much controversy around the morning-after pill, including the right to life debate.  The pill does not protect you against any STD, including herpes, AIDS, or HPV.

If you are living with herpes or haveAIDS symptoms, always talk to you herpes dating safe sex partner about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases, so that at least one of you is covered, and never assume that the other person is going to take care of it. Thinking about contraception during foreplay might kill the free dating mood a little, but not as much as a screaming baby or years of painful herpies, and possibly death from HIV, AIDS symptoms, and any other STD. Try some of the FREE DATING SITES, FREE DATING SERVICE, FREE DATING here on this dating site if you are living with herpes or have AIDS symptoms.


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