, – When you hear the word “sex”, what comes to your mind? Romance, biological needs, desire to have children, or sexually transmitted diseases? What about allergies? Do any of you know, there are some women or men who turned out to be allergic to sex or sexual activity.
Sexual intercourse, which is supposed to be fun and one of the keys to domestic harmony, is a pain for those who are allergic to sex. So, what are the symptoms of sex allergy that sufferers generally experience?
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1) Sperm Burning Sensation
Allergy to sperm is somewhat rare, but the fact is that few women experience this condition during intercourse. According to a study from the journal Human Fertility entitled “Testing for hypersensitivity to seminal fluid-free spermatozoa”, allergy to sperm or Hypersensitivity to Human Semen (HHS), was first documented in the late 1950s.
Since then, there have been many reports on the condition of HHS in various countries. However, the true prevalence is not known with certainty. However, HHS is currently being reported again as a rare condition.
So, what are the symptoms of a sex allergy related to sperm ? According to The International Society for Sexual Medicine, common symptoms of sperm allergy include swelling, redness, pain, itching, and a burning sensation in the vaginal area. These symptoms usually appear about 10-30 minutes of vaginal contact with sperm.
In some cases, the symptoms can appear on other parts of the body where semen is in contact. For example, the skin or mouth. Worryingly, sperm allergy can make it difficult for people to breathe or anaphylaxis (shock caused by a severe allergic reaction). Tuh, scary right?
2. Condom Rashes and Itching
Apart from sperm, condoms (especially condoms made from latex) are one of the causes of sex allergy that need to be watched out for. According to David Lang, chairperson at the Cleveland Clinic Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, women are more likely to experience an allergic reaction to latex condoms than men. How come?
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The reason is, the vaginal mucous membrane absorbs latex protein faster than the membrane in the penis. When having sex, women with a latex allergy can experience swelling, redness, rash, and itching of the vagina.
“Exposure to condoms on mucous membranes in women with latex allergies can trigger a serious systemic reaction,” said David quoted on the Cleveland Clinic website .
In addition, in rare cases, condom allergy can trigger anaphylactic shock which causes an increase in heart rate and difficulty breathing.
3.Flu After Orgasm
Have you ever heard of a sex allergy called postorgasmic illness syndrome (POIS)? POIS is a rare sex allergy. A person with this condition experiences various complaints after reaching climax, aka orgasm (either with a partner or masturbating).
It seems hard to believe, but the fact is that orgasm is one of the causes of sex allergy that some people may experience. What are the symptoms of a POIS sex allergy?
According to experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center , people with POIS generally develop flu-like symptoms and allergies after orgasm. In most cases, this one sex allergy occurs in men (after ejaculation), and rarely occurs in women.
Well, here are some of the symptoms of POIS according to the NIH, namely:
- Nasal congestion;
- Nasal congestion;
- Mood swings;
- The eye feels itchy;
- Memory or concentration problems;
- Sore throat;
- Muscle pain or weakness
The above symptoms can develop within seconds, minutes, or hours of orgasm. These sex allergy symptoms last for two to seven days before going away on their own.
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Until now, the exact cause of POIS is not known with certainty. However, it is suspected that this condition is triggered by an autoimmune or allergic disorder, which causes an inflammatory reaction to a substance in the man’s own semen.
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