What Is Semen Allergy?

The semen allergy is also known as human seminal plasma hypersensitivity. This medical condition is an allergic reaction to the components that are found in the men’s sperm. This allergic reaction is very uncommon and rare, however, about 40,000 women in the United States of America are affected by this. This allergy is more common in women than in men. There are not enough studies to reveal extensive information on how this allergic condition can affect men who are sexually active with the same gender.

However, there are plenty of studies that do show why and how is it possible to get allergic to your semen. In such a case, it is known as a post-orgasmic illness syndrome. When a person is allergic to semen, there are some physical signs and indications. These symptoms show that you could be allergic to semen and how to find a proper diagnosis and treatment for this problem.

What are the symptoms of semen allergy?

If you have a semen allergy, you may experience more than one symptom after the exposure to semen. Those symptoms can include redness of the skin, burning sensations, swelling and pain, hives and itching.

In women, symptoms generally occur on the surface of the vulva. It may also occur on the inside of the vaginal canal. In men, the symptoms could occur on the penis or in the areas and skin around the genitals. The symptoms can also appear any part that has been exposed to semen such as hands, fingers, faces, chest, arms, shoulders, stomach, thighs, anus.

Allergic reactions to the semen are most often localized, but many people could also experience symptoms that may affect their entire body. For example, men who have an allergy to their semen can experience intense fatigue, warmth, and notice flu-like symptoms after they ejaculate. Studies show that the symptoms generally start twenty to thirty minutes after exposure to the semen. These symptoms can last from a few hours to a few days. It depends from person to person and on the severity of your semen allergy.

Severe allergic reaction

In some of the extreme and severe cases, anaphylaxis is also possible. Anaphylaxis symptoms usually appear after a few minutes of exposure to the semen and this type of condition requires immediate medical attention.

The Anaphylaxis symptoms can include difficulty in breathing, wheezing, swollen tongue and gums, sore throat, quick and rapid pulse, weakness and drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and diarrhea.

What is the medication for semen allergy?

When you develop a semen allergy, the doctor may suggest you take antihistamines before you indulge in any sexual activity. These medications can help minimize the symptoms, especially in the case where you choose not to use a condom to prevent exposure or are trying to get pregnant.

If the symptoms are severe, the doctor may suggest that you should carry an EpiPen. You can inject this as soon as you experience the first sign of any of the severe symptoms. After this, you should seek medical attention immediately.