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Old Apr 10, 2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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Woman allergic to husband's sperm...

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A newlywed bride, who waited until she was married to have sex with her husband, has opened up about the shock discovery that she is allergic to his sperm.

Clara, 35, has seminal plasma hypersensitivity, an allergic reaction to the proteins in her husband Jeff's semen - and even using a condom won't help the North Carolina couple.

'I had this bizarre reaction,' Clara told ABC, who for privacy reasons did not want to use her real name. 'I had burning and swelling and redness, which was very unusual. I thought I had contracted an STD.'

Up to 40,000 women in the U.S. suffer from seminal plasma hypersensitivity, which does not affect fertility, according to Dr. Jonathan Bernstein, a professor at the University of Cincinnati, who specializes in allergies and immunology.

Women can experience a breakout of hives, abdominal swelling or a reaction that they describe as 'like a needle sticking in to their vagina,' according to Dr Bernstein.

Cara, who said the allergic reaction had never happened before in previous relationships, explained: 'The swelling was worst immediately after sex. It would take 24 hours to subside and my skin would be irritated as if you'd put a chemical on it that caused it to burn.
'It was almost raw and took a while to heal.'

Often, women don't get an accurate diagnosis because the condition can be confused with yeast and vaginal infections.
But once a diagnosis is made, treating semen allergies is relatively painless.

A doctor will isolate the proteins in the man and carry out skin testing on the woman to determine which proteins are to blame. Then, the woman is desensitized to the allergen.

Just two weeks ago, Clara underwent this intravaginal 'graded challenge' using dilutions of her husband's seminal fluid which were injected every 15-20 minutes over the course of two to three hours.

The couple had to have sex within 12 hours to test Cara's desensitization. Her symptoms 'resolved substantially,' according to Dr Bernstein, who had treated the couple.

Cara said: 'There was a small amount of swelling, but compared to previous times, it was much less.'

The couple were asked to have sex every few days 'to see how it went,' explained Cara, adding that each time went well.
'Now I am interested in having sex again,' she said.

Jeff said his wife's treatment has been 'a very hopeful experience'.

He explained: 'On a number of levels, it's been restorative. A whole side of our relationship really suffered. Now it's a whole new world.'

Dr. Andrew Goldstein, director of the Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders in Washington, D.C. and New York City, said the condition is so uncommon, he has only treated 'about a dozen' cases in the last ten years.
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Precisely why you should try the milk before you buy the cow. At least this story has a happy ending..
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 07:16 PM   #2
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She's had sex before but not with the guy she wound up marrying?!?
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 07:59 PM   #3
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She's had sex before but not with the guy she wound up marrying?!?
One (or both) were probably a 'born again' sort of type, my guess.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 12:08 AM   #4
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The story doesn't tell if she had sex before, even with another man.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 12:20 AM   #5
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The story doesn't tell if she had sex before, even with another man.
"Cara, who said the allergic reaction had never happened before in previous relationships....."
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"Cara, who said the allergic reaction had never happened before in previous relationships....."
My bad.
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 09:53 AM   #7
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Precisely why you should try the milk before you buy the cow. At least this story has a happy ending..
hahahaha, I think you hit the tri-fecta with this one..
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 10:10 AM   #8
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hahahaha, I think you hit the tri-fecta with this one..
Yeah it was ripe!
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"Cara, who said the allergic reaction had never happened before in previous relationships....."

Ouch, maybe she developed this "hypersensitivity" over time or from over exposure.

She should go back to an ex and see if she has this issue with one of them.
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Oh well, looks like backdoor entry is his only option.
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oh well, looks like backdoor entry is his only option.
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This is why I highly discourage abstinence before marriage.
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A shocking discovery indeed I'm sure it must have been difficult for her to swallow.
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This happened to a couple I knew years ago. They used condoms and everything was fine for them. Not sure why it wouldn't have helped this couple?
I like the part "The couple were asked to have sex every few days 'to see how it went". I can imagine the newlywed guy who had to wait to have sex once he was married must have been gutted about that one! Well i'm sorry dear but it's doctors orders!
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That entry, too.
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That entry, too.
Haha someone got it.
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Somehow I get the impression that most if not all the posters in this thread are men.
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Somehow I get the impression that most if not all the posters in this thread are men.
Or high schoolers.
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Or high schoolers.
Men or high schoolers? Interesting demographics you've got there.
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This happened to a couple I knew years ago. They used condoms and everything was fine for them. Not sure why it wouldn't have helped this couple?
I like the part "The couple were asked to have sex every few days 'to see how it went". I can imagine the newlywed guy who had to wait to have sex once he was married must have been gutted about that one! Well i'm sorry dear but it's doctors orders!
I didn't know you could be prescribed sex on the NHS!* Ooh matron

* For non-Brits - the NHS is Britain's medical service and it means everyone gets free healthcare regardless of status or occupation. There are private hospitals in the UK as well though.
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Or high schoolers.
Agree^^^

Now, about your user name and the subject of this thread...
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Agree^^^

Now, about your user name and the subject of this thread...
Purely circumstantial.
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Purely circumstantial.
Your avatar is the wrong color!

Either that or you need to see a doctor...
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