Semen Allergy: Cause of Infertility
on Nov 08, 2012
by Alyssia Granger
It's true, some women are actually allergic to semen. Find out how a semen allergy can cause infertility and some treatments to overcome it.
One of the most commonly misdiagnosed or an undiagnosed cause for infertility is a woman’s allergy to a male’s semen. A semen allergy is not an “allergy” in the traditional sense, that it will make you sneeze or cough or break out in hives. Even if you have burning, inflammation or itching after sex, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are allergic to semen either, although some of these are symptoms of a semen allergy. Often, doctors misdiagnose a semen allergy as a yeast infection or similar issue, when the real problem at hand is an allergy to the man’s semen. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Symptoms of a true semen allergy include redness, swelling and sometimes burning in any areas where the semen has touched the skin, along with soreness, discharge and vaginal discoloration. As you can see, these could be symptoms for a number of female ailments, so you can see why this condition is sometimes misdiagnosed as something else. Your doctor will be able to perform some specific tests to help you determine if you do in fact have a semen allergy.
When a woman is allergic to a man’s semen, the body will actively try to fight it off and the woman’s body will actually make antibodies whose job it is to attack the sperm. Obviously, a semen allergy can be a hindrance to becoming pregnant, since the woman’s body is attacking and fighting off the one thing it needs to become pregnant. Your doctor will be able to perform a few simple tests to determine if there are anti-sperm antibodies present in your body that could be inhibiting you from getting pregnant. If it is determined that you do have these antibodies present in your body, it does not necessarily mean that you are not going to be able to have a baby, just that it might be a little bit harder for you.
Doctors can sometimes use steroid treatments, IUI or similar methods to help couples who can’t get pregnant due to a semen allergy. There are also processes that help the woman to build up an actual tolerance to the man’s sperm so that she can become desensitized enough to the sperm that she can get pregnant. There are options out there for women with semen allergies, and it doesn’t automatically mean that you are never going to be able to become pregnant. If you think that you might have a semen allergy, talk with your doctor and find out more about what options are available for you.
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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.