How To Know If You’re Allergic To Sperm

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Having some strange symptoms down there? You may have a sperm allergy.

If pregnancy scares and STD worries weren’t enough, now we have to worry about sperm allergies. Apparently they’re rare, but unfortunately, they do exist.

For some of you out there whose stomach turns with just the thought of semen, feigning this allergy could actually get you out of a lot of sticky situations. If you know what I’m saying.

According to the experts at the International Society for Sexual Medicine, a person with a semen allergy is allergic to the proteins that make up the spunk. While the allergy isn’t very common, when it is seen, it’s usually by women.

Symptoms will occur around 30 minutes after semen contact and they usually include:

  • itching
  • swelling
  • redness
  • pain
  • a burning sensation

This can be pretty scary as many of these symptoms are the same as STDs and other infections. What’s even worse is that these symptoms might go beyond your vagina by showing up on your skin and in your mouth!

While the symptoms are often localized, they have been known to spread throughout the body, causing the following:

  • hives
  • breathing troubles
  • anaphylaxis (which is so dangerous that it can cause death)

Experts are saying that being allergic to sperm isn’t that common, but they also say that it may not be reported because people confuse the symptoms with other things.

It’s common to mistake a semen allergy for a yeast infection or herpes, but there are a few ways to tell the difference. For one, the cottage cheese-like discharge present with a yeast infection does not occur with a semen allergy.

If you are having issues due to sex, the diagnosis can be a bit of a journey. Doctor’s will typically use a process of elimination, testing you for infections and STDs, and then look for allergies to latex, spermicide, and lubrication products before testing for a semen allergy.

Your doctor may send you to an allergist, but you could also do some tests of your own at home with your partner by putting his semen on your skin after it leaves his penis and see if symptoms show up. Timing is also really important because semen allergy symptoms will show up shortly after your partner ejaculates.

If you do figure out you are allergic to sperm, all hope is not lost. A study in the Obstetrics and Gynecology documents a woman who cured her allergy by consistently exposing her vagina to small doses of semen over time. I’m sure that her partner was pretty excited about his experiment.

Using a condom can be really helpful, but if you suffer from some pretty extreme reactions, you may want to carry an EpiPen.

While it may be difficult for women with this allergy to get pregnant, doctors say that it’s still possible using artificial insemination. So, if you suspect that you may have a semen allergy, start keeping track of your sexual activity and your symptoms, and make sure to give your doctor a visit.

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