Probably would have been nice to know ahead of time…
Newlywed Couple Faces Marital Problems When Wife Learns Of Sex Allergy
Newlyweds Jeff and Clara, both 35-year-old professionals, fell in love quickly and were convinced they were the “right match” — until they had sex.
“I had this bizarre reaction,” said Clara, 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 [sexually transmitted disease].”
Horrified, she made an appointment with the gynecologist for testing and was nervous about having a “tricky conversation” with Jeff.
After several doctors’ visits and hours of research online, the North Carolina couple finally got some answers, but it derailed their sex life and shook their marriage.
Clara had seminal plasma hypersensitivity, an allergic reaction to the proteins in Jeff’s man seed. Even using a condom didn’t help, so the couple avoided intimacy.
“It’s really bizarre,” said Jeff. “Neither of us had ever come across anything like that. It was a real problem, because everything else was great. We were madly in love, but it was a real game-changer for a while.”
Translation: “I wish I had known that before I put a ring on it, let me call my lawyer right quick.”
According to the article this condition actually affects anywhere from 20,000-40,000 women in the U.S.
However, these women can hold on to a glimmer of hope based on a new treatment…
Just two weeks ago, Clara underwent an intravaginal “graded challenge” using serial dilutions of her husband’s man seed, which were injected via a turkey baster device every 15-20 minutes over the course of two to three hours.
Their homework was to have sex within 12 hours and “see how it went,” Clara said. Her symptoms “resolved substantially,” according to Bernstein, who had her rate the pain.
“It was pretty much fine,” she said. “There was a small amount of swelling, but compared to previous times, it was much less.”
Something about the words “turkey baster” are REALLY awkward in the context of this story.
Fellas, what would you do if your wife or significant other was acutely allergic to your pleasure sauce?
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