Decoding Semen Allergy: What It Means To Be Allergic To Semen?


A semen allergy is an uncommon condition with symptoms similar to a sexually transmitted disease. People suffering from semen allergy suffer an allergic reaction when they come in contact with semen.

In medical jargon, this condition is known as seminal plasma hypersensitivity. This allergy is triggered by the proteins in the semen.

There could be several reactions that occur when the opposite person is exposed to a man’s semen. A woman with semen allergy could exhibit the following symptoms when exposed to a man’s semen during vaginal intercourse.
· Swelling of the vagina
· Redness and itching
· Burning sensation around the vagina
· Hives or blisters

These symptoms usually occur within 20 to 30 minutes of semen exposure and can last for hours or even days. Judging from these symptoms it is easy to mistake them for an STD. Therefore the best way to detect semen allergy is to use a condom to minimise contact with the semen and then see if the symptoms persist.

An allergic woman will discover these symptoms the first time she has sex; However, it is not very clear if a person is allergic to only a particular partner’s semen or to semen in general. It is recommended that an allergic woman should always make sure her partner uses a condom while having sex to avoid reactions.

Another important thing worth noting about semen allergy is that it’s not only the opposite partner who can suffer from it. There have been cases where a man suffers an allergic reaction from his own semen. These men exhibit flu like symptoms such as fever, runny nose, fatigue or burning eyes soon after they ejaculate. This condition is also medically called termed as post orgasmic illness syndrome (POIS). Luckily the symptoms can be treated through hyposensitisation therapy or allergen immunotherapy.

Although the symptoms can be controlled, semen allergy poses to be a real problem for couples seeking to conceive. Sensitivity to semen during intercourse can severely hamper a woman’s chances to conceive. However, this problem can be fixed if the couple opts for artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization to get pregnant. These two processes require the washing of sperm before insemination, thus cleansing the semen from the allergy causing proteins.

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