A semen allergy — otherwise known as human seminal plasma hypersensitivity (HSP) — is an allergic reaction to the proteins found in most men’s sperm.
For some people, sexual intercourse may be followed by unpleasant symptoms. If these symptoms occur every time you have sex, it may indicate a fairly rare allergy to sperm.
Studies do show that it’s possible to be allergic to your own semen. When this happens, it’s known as a post-orgasmic illness syndrome.
What are the symptoms?
You may be having an allergic reaction if you experience one or more of the following symptoms after exposure:
For women, symptoms usually occur on the vulva or inside the vaginal canal. For men, symptoms may occur on the shaft or the area of skin above the genitals.
That said, symptoms may appear anywhere that has come in contact with semen.
This may include your:
The symptoms can be limited to the site of contact with the sperm, affecting the mucous membrane and skin or generalised all over the body. These may include:
• Oedema, itching and burning of the skin and mucous membrane
• Difficulty in breathing
• Redness and soreness in genital area
• Dizziness, weakness,etc
What causes this and who’s at risk?
Semen allergies are primarily caused byTrusted Source proteins found in a man’s sperm. Some researchTrusted Source also suggests that certain medications or food allergens found in sperm can trigger symptoms. Although semen allergies can develop at any time, many women report that their symptoms began during their early 30s.
A semen allergy may be hard to recognize because the symptoms are similar to vaginal infections. Only a doctor can make accurate diagnose and prescribe treatments.
By: Amma Adutwumwaa (Medical Student)
Vitebsk State Medical University,Belarus