Allergy to male sperm is a very rare disease, both among women and men. It can bring a lot of trouble to partners: starting from rare sexual acts and ending with a serious psychological barrier, which, the further, the more difficult it is to eliminate.
Fortunately, no terrible consequences it does not represent: a couple, if one of the partners has an allergy to sperm, still can have children.
Allergies to own sperm in men
Allergy to semen in men is rare: the fact is that you need to distinguish between an allergic and an exclusively autoimmune reaction of the body. If the first eliminates antihistamines, the second requires more serious treatment, and it occurs more often. Both diseases are diagnosed with the help of blood test data for immunoglobulin E and specific antibodies.
Symptoms of sperm allergy:
- After ejaculation, a man develops a fever.
- Burning sensation in the eyes.
These symptoms can persist for a week, and are very similar to a cold. To distinguish between these two different diseases can be very simple: the symptoms of allergic to semen appear immediately after ejaculation. The first case of such a peculiar allergy to own sperm was registered in 2002.
How is the allergy to sperm in women?
Symptoms of this rare disease are the same as in common forms of allergy: when contact with an allergen occurs burning and itching (in this case in the genital area of a woman), there is redness of the tissues and swelling. When allergic to semen after it hits the skin, hives can develop: red blisters with itching.
In addition to the manifestation of local symptoms, general symptoms can also arise: for example, sneezing, a slight increase in temperature, lacrimation, bronchospasm, and Quincke's edema. Symptoms occur within 30 minutes after taking an antihistamine.
Most of these symptoms are similar to manifestations of sexually transmitted diseases, and given that the allergy to sperm is an extremely rare disease, a woman and her partner should be examined.
Diagnosis of allergies is performed using a blood test for immunoglobulin E.
Allergies to sperm and pregnancy
Today, for a number of reasons, the topic of the sperm allergy "overgrew" with a lot of myths: if a woman has an allergy to her husband's sperm, then she will never have children from him, because during any allergic reaction specific antibodies are produced that will destroy the sperm, Before he reaches his goal.
There is some truth in this, but the prognosis is not as disappointing as it might seem at first glance: the fact is that sometimes it is enough to take antihistamines so that the woman's body does not react so sharply to the sperm.
Also one of the options is hyposensitization. Some components of sperm, which are allergic, are injected under a specific pattern under the skin. The organism, thus, gets used to small dosages and does not react to them, and then, as they increase, gets used to it finally, and no longer "sees" threats in this substance. The only limitation of such treatment is that in order for the effect to be prolonged, one must not have long interruptions in sexual life.
Therefore, the idea that an allergy to sperm leads to infertility is no more than a delusion.
However, there is another side to the coin: the fact is that, as already mentioned, the symptoms of such an allergy are very similar to the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases. The latter are indeed accompanied by infertility, therefore, if a couple is treated for allergies and can not conceive a child, then most likely the problem is not allergies, and other diseases must be cured.