Semen Allergy: Cause of Infertility

on Nov 08, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Semen Allergy: Cause of Infertility

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

What are the symptoms?

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.

How it causes infertility

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.

Treatments for semen allergy

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.

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  • Nesha

    Me and my husband have been trying to get pregnant for over a year now. I stopped my depo shots in November of 2010, and I had been getting them for 3 years. My periods are back regular, and have been for about 8 months now. I have a 21 day cycle. Most sites I see say that I should ovulate around day 7, which is 2 days after my period ends, but that I should start having sex 5 days before I ovulate. This would put me smack in the middle of menstruating and I always abstain form sex during this time. So, should I start having sex during my period?

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    It is possible for you to get pregnant when having sex during your period, however; your chances are minimal. I do recommend that you increase your sexual activity the day right after your period to increase your chances of conceiving. Additionally; you should try to accurately detect your ovulation dates by making use of ovulation predictor kits, given that having sex 4 to 5 days before your ovulation date can greatly boost your chances of conceiving.

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  • Emily

    My husband and I have been together for five years and just recently started to try to conceive. The first time we tried I had genital burning and needed to be taken to the hospital because my face became swollen and my eyes were swollen shut. I had hives on my body and felt as though I was having trouble breathing. The second time was not as bad and I just started sneezing afterwards and had itchy eyes. The third time I had almost the same reaction but I did not need to go to the hospital. My eyes or any other parts of my body never came in contact with the semen only my genital area. Could this be a result of a semen allergy. I went to an OBGYN after my second occurance and they told me it was a coincidence and told me to try again and just make sure you are close to a hospital if you have a flare up. What horrible advice but we did try again and luckily I didn’t need to go to the hospital.

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  • Emily

    The third reaction was almost the same as the first reaction.

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  • Nawaf

    Hi when I sleep my Sperms automatically lose . Please tell me the any way to stop burning sperms age 18 .

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  • Mamaele

    I got pregnant during my period every time I ever got pregnant. It’s worth a try and because the sperm isn’t fighting as hard to travel past the cervix because of the body’s openess while it releases the egg.

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