Why do I always get a cold sore on my period? (And what you can do to help.)

What's worse than waking up to a brand new cold sore? How about getting a cold sore at the exact same time as your period. Before you think you are the only one cursed with such an experience, let's learn why it's actually more common than you think, and what you can do to help.

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). The virus can be dormant in the body and become active due to various triggers, such as stress, illness, and hormonal changes.There is some evidence to suggest that hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle can often lead to the development of cold sores. But why?

These menstrual cycle related hormone changes can affect the immune system and trigger the reactivation of the virus, resulting in cold sores. This is because the hormone levels in the body fluctuate during the premenstrual cycle (estrogen levels decrease, and progesterone levels increase), which can affect the immune system's ability to fight off infections. This shift in hormone levels can weaken the immune system, making it easier for the herpes virus to reactivate and cause cold sores. Furthermore, the stress and anxiety that some women experience during their period can also effect the immune system, making it that much easier for cold sores to make an appearance.

If you are prone to cold sores, it may be helpful to be aware of any patterns or triggers that seem to cause their reactivation, including changes in hormones during your menstrual cycle, and take these recommended measures: Good hydration, sufficient sleep, consume proper diet and nutrients such as vitamin D, C, and Zinc, and avoid foods high in L-Arginine such as chocolate, nuts, red meats. 

Fortunately, Cold Sore Shield's is a combination of powerful nutrients combined with L-Lysine that work with the body’s immune system to support its daily defense of outbreaks*  Take daily (for best results.)*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.