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01 May 2003

The effect of semen on skin
Hi There!

About a week ago my girlfriend and I got intimate, and upon reaching my climax, I came onto her stomach. After about 15 minutes or so she took a shower, and when she finished, we noticed that there was a light rash on the skin where I came. The following day it was gone.

Why did the rash occur? Did the semen create the skin irritation and why? I would greatly appreciate your respone, thank you. :)
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01 Jan 0001

Some women can be allergic to semen, a reaction that can cause local swelling, burning and itching, and in some cases can be life-threatening. In the most severe cases, the allergy causes hives, plummeting blood pressure, loss of consciousness, throat swelling, and even circulatory system collapse.

In a study of 1,073 women who suspected that they might have such an allergy, 12% to 13% were indeed found to have an allergic reaction to proteins in their partner's semen. The reaction can occur with a specific male partner, or with multiple partners.

It's probably much more common than we recognize. There are a lot of women who have recurrent vaginal pain and burning and so forth, that they haven't really linked to contact with semen. A lot of times women are walking around with these things for years and it destroys their interpersonal relationships, people have gotten divorced or separated.

The good news is that there are ways to avoid or treat the allergic reaction.

Using condoms usually prevents the problem. Thre are some people who do have sensitivity to latex condoms and that complicates the picture.

Whether the reaction is mild or severe, desensitization injections ,shots of proteins obtained from a partner's semen, can successfully reduce the reaction. And such shots, or the allergy itself, do not seem to interfere with fertility.

I suggest taht the two of you observe the situation and see what happens when you ejaculate inside her vagina. If she does itch and burn, maybe a visit to the gynae.
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