Semen Allergies

Did you know there is such a thing called semen allergies, also known as sperm allergies? Some women get redness, swelling and itchiness in the vaginal area and it is easy to assume a yeast infection or STD. But it might just be an allergy to semen causing your symptoms. It is more than one thinks and not easy to detect. Semen allergy (also known as seminal plasma hypersensitivity) is a rare allergic reaction to proteins found in a man’s semen that mostly impacts women. Common symptoms include redness, swelling, pain, itching, and a burning sensation in the vagina that usually starts about 10 to 30 minutes after you have contact with semen. Symptoms are not just restricted to your vagina, though. They can happen on your skin or in your mouth as well. According to “SELF.COM,” semen allergies can be serious, impacting your whole body, causing hives, swelling, trouble breathing, or anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction. Though a semen or sperm allergy is rare, it can create issues with couples trying to conceive. Some women have an allergic reaction to their partner’s semen the first time they have sex, but it can also happen suddenly with a longtime partner.

Sperm allergies can also show up after a period of not having intercourse, like after giving birth. And they might strike after sex with one partner but not another. Sperm allergy symptoms can clear up within a few hours, though they sometimes stick around for a few days. According to “What to Expect,” there are semen allergy treatments. Wear a condom; or undergo an intravaginal graded challenge. This involves an allergist putting diluted amounts of your partner’s sperm in your vagina at regular intervals, gradually increasing the proportion of semen until you can tolerate undiluted semen without having a reaction.You will then need to have sex regularly at least two or three times a week to keep your system from becoming more sensitive again. Or take an oral antihistamine which might prevent your symptoms from flaring up (this is not a good idea for couples trying to conceive). Your doctor can help you figure out the best treatment option based on the severity of your symptoms and your pregnancy goals. It is best to seek medical attention ASAP if any discomfort occurs during and after sex.

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