Allergic to Sex? Semen, Orgasm and Latex Can Be Culprits

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Sex Allergy Can Cause Debilitating Pain

Marie Heuttner of Humphrey, Nev., wrote that if she does not bathe right after sex, "My vaginal area will hurt like someone has kicked me so bad that I won't be able to walk."

Contact with her husband's sperm makes Kristen Zeman of Seaford, Del., "flare up and have serious pain for upwards of five or six hours."

Bernstein said that often women don't get a proper diagnosis and their doctors can confuse the condition with yeast or other vaginal infection.

"Women search the Internet for answers and most times they find me," he said.

The "gold standard" for treating semen allergies is to isolate the proteins in the man and do skin testing on the woman to determine which are to blame, according to Bernstein.

The woman can be injected with a small amount of the offending protein and desensitize her reaction, just as doctors do for bee sting allergies.

Interestingly, some research suggests that women who have been exposed to dogs, then go on to have their first sexual encounter with a man, can develop this seminal allergy.

"In the prostate, protein-specific antigen is homogenous with dog DNA," said Bernstein. "You look at the structure of the dog's PSA and the human's and they are cross-reactive."

Men tend not to have these allergic reactions to women, according to Bernstein, although he noted that scientists in The Netherlands have recently identified a post-orgasmic illness syndrome (POIS) that they claim may be a man's allergic reaction to his own semen.

Fertility is never affected, according to Bernstein, though getting couples back in bed together certainly helps with reproduction. Unfortunately, he admitted, "I'm no Dr. Ruth -- yet."

"I am very gratified when I get letters and thank you notes and photos of babies," said Bernstein. "It does create a lot of interpersonal stress and some people have been on the verge of divorce."

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