Are you sure he didn't produce sperm? Because he may have and you didn't know it and if he did, you may be allergic to it. Some woman are allergic to their man's sperm and seminal fluid.
Sperm Allergy and Fertility
Semen allergies are characterized by an immune system response to the presence of sperm, resulting in the production of sperm antibodies. These antibodies work to to kill or disable sperm, hindering sperm motility and thus inhibiting fertilisation.
Less than two percent of fertile couples have a semen allergy; however, this number is significantly increased in couples with infertility, of which five to twenty-five percent experience semen allergies.
It is believed that the main source of semen allergies is due to a reaction to certain proteins that are found in semen. It is also possible for individuals to be allergic to protein that is unique to their partner's semen, as opposed to the more common protein that is shared by other individuals.
Types of Semen Allergies
Women and men can develop either localized sperm allergies or systemic allergies to sperm. A localized sperm allergy will begin to take place immediately after contact with sperm has been made. Localized sperm allergy symptoms will begin to appear at the site of contact and can include the following:
•burning, pain and swelling that can last for long periods of time
•swelling or blisters
Both types of allergy symptoms may begin to occur within five to thirty minutes after contact, and may last for hours or even days. This often contributes to a misdiagnosis of semen allergies as recurrent yeast infections or STDs, such as herpes, in women. Symptoms of a systemic sperm allergy can include the following more serious side effects:
•soft tissue swelling
•trouble breathing (rare)
•vascular collapse or anaphylaxis causing loss of consciousness (rare)
Some people can have both localized as well as systemic semen allergies.
Risk Factors: Who Gets Semen Allegies?
While the cause of semen allergies in women remains unknown, a male semen allergy typically results from contact between the blood and sperm, fluids that don't normally mix in the body. A man's sperm may come into contact with his blood following a vasectomy, testicular torsion (a twisting of the testicles inside the scrotum), infection, or trauma. Thus, men who reverse vasectomies in the hopes of fathering a child face the risk of infertility caused by sperm antibodies that are developed as the blood reacts to semen.
· 10 years ago