Dutch scientists explain it may be possible to be allergic to semen. That’s right. Men who experience symptoms similar to the flu after ejaculating may be allergic to their own semen.
Post orgasmic illness syndrome, or POIS, presents symptoms similar to the regular flu — fatigue, runny nose, and fever. The symptoms may happen right after having sex and can last for 5-7 days.
With very little data about this condition, experts did not understand potential causes or treatment options.
Experts believe specific hypo-sensitization therapy may be the best treatment option for men with this condition.
This is great news for men with the condition, as many feel ashamed of the condition.
For the study, 45 men diagnosed with the illness were analyzed.
Scientists noticed the men did not become sick when masturbating without ejaculating. However, as the semen moved from the testes, men became ill, sometimes rapidly.
To help gather more information, 33 men agreed to have allergy tests performed on them using their own semen. Allergic reactions were present in 29 of the 33 men.
Another study subjected men to hypo-sensitization therapy, or repeated exposures to the allergen over a period of time.
Men noticed significant decreases of symptoms after just one year of therapy.
Due to these studies, many men suffering from POIS have started hypo-sensitization therapy.