Are you allergic to sperm?
Semen allergy women still manage to conceive despite the risks.
Research has revealed that some women may be allergic to semen, and even run the risk of going into anaphylactic shock should they come into contact with it, but the person behind the research has also offered the encouraging news that despite the allergy, these women may still be able to conceive, according to the Daily Mail.

Fatal allergic reactions

The research, conducted by Dr. Michael Carroll, a lecturer in Reproductive Science at Manchester Metropolitan University revealed that as many as 12% of women, most between the ages of 20 and 30 may have the allergy, which often presents almost immediately after coming into contact with semen.

Symptoms include: Irritation, itching, painful urination and eczema, and, in the most severe cases, a potentially fatal allergic reaction when in contact with semen.

These symptoms could be confused with the similar symptoms of some STIs: hypersensitivity to human semen (HHS) is often misdiagnosed due to similarity with other conditions, such as dermatitis (inflammation of the skin) and some sexually transmitted diseases.

The findings propose that the allergy stems from a protein in the seminal fluid rather than the sperm cells, and that abstinence or the use of condoms was the only way to avoid a reaction.

Conception relief

Fortunately for sufferers of the allergy, it would still be possible for them to conceive, although assisted reproductive technology was recommended for those at high risk of going into anaphylactic shock: HHS does not cause infertility.

Have you ever experienced strange symptoms while trying to conceive?

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