Herpes and testosterone

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Low levels of testosterone can trigger herpes outbreaks. Photo Credit John Foxx / Stockbyte / Getty Images Both herpes simplex virus, HSV-1 or HSV-2, are the cause of genital and oral herpes. Both viruses enter through wet surfaces such as the mouth, anus or vagina, or through small cracks in the skin. After entering, the viruses reside in the nervous system, either near the ear or at the base of the spine, and can cause an outbreak of herpes. There is no scientific evidence of a direct relationship between testosterone levels and herpes. But herpes outbreaks tend to be more frequent at the time of menstruation, when testosterone levels are low, suggesting that low levels of testosterone can trigger outbreaks. Genital Herpes Oral Vs. As a rule, HSV-1 causes oral herpes or cold sores, while HSV-2 causes genital herpes. However, this is only a rule of thumb. Both herpes simplex virus HSV-1 and HSV-2 can cause cold sores and genital herpes. While the former has a slight preference for sites above the waist and the latter has a slight preference for sites below the waist, either virus can lead to ulcers on both lips and genitals. Testosterone and libido

Testosterone is a steroid hormone secreted by the ovaries and adrenal glands in women and testes and adrenal glands in men. Testosterone is crucial for a healthy sex drive in both men and women. When testosterone levels are too low sexual desire and sperm count in men down. Men can lose more muscle mass and develop female body characteristics. In women, low testosterone levels naturally in the time of menstruation and after menopause. Reducing testosterone levels naturally occurring can lead to anorgasmia, decreased sexual desire, vaginal dryness, bone loss and loss of muscle and feminine characteristics. Possible causes of herpes outbreaks Nobody knows exactly what causes herpes outbreaks. But they tend to occur more frequently in times of stress, illness and when women are menstruating. Because testosterone levels are lower in women around the time of menstruation, it is possible that low levels of testosterone plays a role in triggering outbreaks of herpes. It may not be a direct mechanism of action underlying this phenomenon. internal stress associated with menstruation may lower the immune defense, which could trigger an outbreak. Increased testosterone to prevent outbreaks

Since no treatment of herpes, the only thing individuals with herpes can do to reduce your discomfort is to prevent the severity and frequency of outbreaks. Maintain strong immune system is a way to do this. If testosterone is indeed a factor in triggering outbreaks, changes in diet to increase testosterone levels can also potentially prevent outbreaks from occurring. Foods that increase testosterone levels include oysters, red meat, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Some foods reduce testosterone levels by increasing estrogen levels. They include non-organic products, soy products and dairy products. Tags: