Bad Wedding Night: Woman Discovers She's Allergic to Husband's Sperm

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An allergy to just about anything is possible. What if you discovered you were allergic to your husband's sperm? Worse, what if it happened on your wedding night?

In this case, it wasn't because the couple waited to have sex until their wedding night. However, they did wait to have unprotected sex until then. Mike and Julie Boyde married after a two year courtship, and Julie was in unbearable pain after their wedding night.

The pain continued, and sometimes included blisters. After numerous tests the couple were told that Julie suffers from seminal plasma hypersensitivity.

As described,

In a very small number of cases, people have experienced allergic reactions when they touched semen. This is called human seminal plasma hypersensitivity. The symptoms (signs of the medical problem) can either be near the part of the body which touched the semen, or all over the body. They may include itching of the vagina, redness, swelling or blisters within 30 minutes of contact. They may also include itching and hives (large, red, itchy patches) all over the body, and even difficulty breathing.

In reality, it doesn't sound any different than any other type of allergy. However, this one can prevent pregnancy, of course, and although it's possible to use IVF, in this case it appeared to fail. Mike and Julie Boyde are looking into adoption.

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Response by newsfreak
November 5, 2009 at 10:35

Bad Wedding Night: Woman Discovers She's Allergic to Husband's Sperm

Truely a really bad thing. One more reason to thank Condoms!

Wife allergic to husband's sperms

The couple had been lovers for two years before they got married and decided to have unprotected sex for the first time on their wedding night.

Almost immediately the bride was in unbearable pain. She found out it was because of Mike's sperm.

Plans of conceiving a baby have had to be abandoned reluctantly as it seems Julie's own body destroys the sperm. 

Mike, 27, and Julie, 26, from Ambridge, Pennsylvania, started going out while at university and became engaged two years later, finally having a dream wedding in 2005. They wanted to consummate their union on their wedding night.

"Before we were always very careful and used protection - this time we didn't,' said Julie, 26.

"We figured, "we're married, if we get pregnant, we get pregnant".

"Pretty much right after I knew something was not right because I was in a lot of pain.

"The pain that I was feeling was inside, like somebody sticking needles up inside of me like a real painful burning.

"It was really scary."

The pain, and at times blisters, would go on for weeks, she said.

"On a scale of one to ten, it's pretty much ten," she said, describing the pain.

After numerous medical tests, the couple were eventually told that Julie suffers from seminal plasma hypersensitivity, which affects thousands of women in Australia.

"It can be systemic and present anaphylaxis where individuals have not just localised discomfort. They actually can have hives, soft tissue swelling … and, in the severe situations … they can ... potentially die." said immunologist Jonathan Bernstein, of Cincinnati Medical Centre University.

In short, Julie's body attacks Mike's sperm and makes it inactive.

The couple have started adoption proceedings to start their family.Source:

It is interesting to imagine cultures where the couple doesn't have sex till the wedding night - esp. arranged marriages in east asia.

Any thoughts?

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