Medical researchers have found that some women are allergic to their male partner’s seminal fluid, the thick liquid that carries sperm. Doctors know the disorder as “human seminal plasma hypersensitivity.” In rare cases, the allergic response can cause death. But there is good news. The malady is usually treated by allergists, although it takes some effort by concerned, caring male partners. To desensitize a woman’s immune system against semen, doctors can either apply diluted samples of semen to a woman’s vagina every 20 minutes, gradually increasing the concentration over the course of several hours, or the women can receive allergy shots containing small amounts of semen over the course of several weeks. Both techniques require sex two or three times a week to train their immune system.
SO I was interested about your guys’ opinions on this that I found at www.oddee.com
Apparently some women can be allergic to their partner’s semen. Now, neither I nor anyone else I know of has this problem, and I guess it’s pretty rare, although it can cause death.
How do you think a Catholic couple could overcome this? Take for example an abstaining man and woman, date, fall in love, and get married and are passionate to be parents. Both have fully functioning reproductive systems but the woman is dealthy allergic to her parter’s semen. The article says that treatments exist by introducing small amounts of her partner’s semen into the vagina or under the skin until the immune system builds up a tolerance against it. (Just like immunotherapy for other allergies, something I myself am doing so I don’t have to ditch my kitty!) Would it be permissible for them to accept the vaginal treatment so they can complete the marital act and have children? And say, maybe they abstain until they can have sex without posing a threat to the woman’s life? I’d think in this case extracing the male’s semen without masturbation should theoretically be possible, and since it’s being used in a way that is open to life (being plaecd in the vagina) it should be permissible? Anyway, your thoughts. I thought this was an interesting topic to discuss!