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    Anon_25095 posted:
    Hi I recently stopped taking suppressive therapy because I am pregnant. I was taking it because my partner didn't have it, and I would get 1-2 minor outbreaks per yr. I think I have an outbreak now, but it's lasted as a small painful bump right inside my Anus for 7 days. It is not as painful as it was the first three days but they never used to last this long... I'm wondering if going off tx can cause outbreaks to be worse? Or maybe ya because my immune system is a bit weaker due to pregnancy? It's also in a slightly different place than my typical outbreaks used to be... I'm hoping it goes away in a few more days but any info on length of an outbreak after stopping suppressive tx or pregnancy would be helpful. Thank you
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    georgiagail responded:
    Pregnancy is not a disease and thus it will have no effect on your immune system. And going off suppressive medication will not make an outbreak last longer.

    Like many things, an outbreak tends to last about two weeks; worse at first, then better as time progresses. Sounds like this is what is happening.

    Gail
     
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    tlkittycat1968 replied to georgiagail's response:
    Actually, I've heard pregnancy does slightly weaken a woman's immune system. I think it has something to do with the hormone imbalance.
     
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    ADW80 replied to tlkittycat1968's response:
    I have also heard the immune system is weaker when pregnant. I thought it was due to the extra stress on the body from being pregnant and the baby taking so much from the mom.
     
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    georgiagail replied to ADW80's response:
    If the mother maintains good nutrition and does all the common sense things such as get adequate sleep, pregnancy does nothing to decrease the immune system.

    Far too many women view pregnancy as an illness.

    Gail


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