Are You Allergic To Sex?!

Can a woman be allergic to sex? A small number of women do develop an allergy to proteins in semen. But way often a burning swollen, red vagina is an allergic type of reaction to using condoms and lubricants. Women sometimes assume that it’s the latex in the condom that’s irritating them. But really it’s more likely the spermicide in the condom that’s making you react.

There are condoms without spermicide but obviously they’re less effective at preventing a pregnancy. So how can you get relief? Apply a cold compress right down in the middle and take a Benadryl to try to relieve some of the swelling and the itchiness.

Its also wise to rule out other causes of vaginal irritation such as a sexually transmitted disease like herpes or menopause which is associated with more vaginal dryness. If the irritation continues call your OBGYN as soon as possible

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Dr. Evelyn Minaya

A board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in practice for 17 years, Dr. Evelyn Minaya is a medical contributor for Fox News, CNN, HeadLine News, and has appeared on the Mike and Juliet Show, The O’Reilly Factor, as well as The Dr. Oz Show. She has also written articles for Redbook and Cosmopolitan magazines and Meridian Health Views, and appears frequently in videos for Sharecare and Fox Image Magazine online.

She is an active member of her community in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, donating her time to lecture in high schools, women’s groups and other healthcare venues. She mentors high school students who are interested in the medical field. She is also the former medical co-director of the ob/gyn clinic at Riverview Medical Center.