You must be aware of latex allergy and lube allergy. But have you ever heard that somebody is allergic to sperms? Well, believe it or not, it is possible to be allergic to sperm. And there are few women in the world who are allergic to sperms and their body reacts differently when it comes into contact with sperm.
Known in the medical community as Seminal Plasma Hypersensitivity (or a semen allergy), a sperm allergy is fairly rare. According to a study conducted among men and women in America sperm allergy affects up to 40,000 Americans yearly. This histamine reaction is found not only in women, but in men as well. In fact, there have been a few documented cases in which men have been allergic to their own semen.
Semen allergies are often confused with a STD, because STDs are so much more common than sperm allergies are, so they are rarely tested for. Typically, the allergic reaction begins approximately 20 minutes after contact with sperm and can last up to three days after exposure.
Symptoms of Sperm Allergy
- Shortness of breath
- Burning/itching in Vagina
- Redness around the genitals
- Extreme swelling of the vagina
Testing for a Sperm Allergy
Finding out whether one is allergic to semen or not involves a simple procedure which can be performed by an allergy specialist. If you find any of the above symptoms, you can visit your physician and explain your problem. Your physician will schedule an allergy test. Like in any other allergy test, diluted sperm can be introduced in a controlled environment during a skin test. This is called a Semen Immunocap Test. Blood is drawn and sent out for laboratory testing for a final verdict.
How to Keep Sperm at Bay still enjoy sex life?
One way to avoid getting symptoms of sperm allergies is to abstain from sex and masturbation. But that may seem difficult and frustrating, especially if you are in a relationship. One way to defend yourself and your partner from sperm allergy is to use a condom.
Other than abstinence and condoms, there is one more option. That is to receive costly allergy shots of your partner’s sperm on a regular basis. This requires the partner to provide sperm samples which are mixed into a solution. The shots have greater and greater strength as time goes on, which helps to build a resistance or tolerance to their sperm. If the couple doesn’t engage in unprotected sex very often, or a new partner is introduced, the allergy will return. This is why always using a condom is the best option to safeguard yourself from sperm allergies.
It is also really important to keep sperm out of the mouth during oral. Using a flavored condom is the perfect way for partners with a sperm allergy to be safer.
Adult toys are great alternatives to penetrative sex as well. Using mutual masturbation for enjoyment instead of vaginal, oral or anal sex can be a way to be intimate without coming into direct contact with sperm as well.
Sperm Allergies and Pregnancy
When you test positive for an allergic reaction to sperm, and yet you want to have a child, you can still achieve it. There is no need to panic or become depressed. It is possible to have in vitro fertilization (IVF) or artificial insemination with processed or “washed” semen and to become pregnant.