Illustration by Tuesday Bassen. Semen allergy is real, but rare. Not as rare as you might think, but so rare that most people's first reaction is to piss themselves laughing. Regular VICE readers will of course know this is a bona fide affliction, with a recent handful of cases of men allergic to their own spunk.
Sexual Health: I get a rash wherever my boyfriend's semen touches me. Could I be allergic?
What is a sperm allergy? | ISSM
The rare condition is more common in women, affecting up to 40, women in the United States. Keep reading to learn how to recognize the symptoms, your options for treatment, how this may affect your ability to conceive, and more. You may be having an allergic reaction if you experience one or more of the following symptoms after exposure:. For women, symptoms usually occur on the vulva or inside the vaginal canal.
It mostly affects women. Some common symptoms of sperm allergy are redness, swelling, pain, itching, and a burning sensation in the vaginal area. Symptoms usually start about minutes after contact with semen. They may not be confined to the vaginal area; they can occur in any area that has contact with semen, including the skin and the mouth. Symptoms can last for a few hours or a few days.
But experts say it may actually be a sign of an allergy to semen —yup, semen —causing your symptoms. Here's what you need to know. Common symptoms include redness, swelling, pain, itching, and a burning sensation in the vagina that usually starts about 10 to 30 minutes after you have contact with semen.