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Sex and Lung Disease

20 Feb 2015
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Can your Lung Disease Hurt your Sex Life?

Having an active sex life while suffering from a lung disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pulmonary fibrosis can seem impossible. The constant coughing and wheezing combined with chronic fatigue makes it difficult to have passion about anything other than resting on a nice recliner. The idea of sex and lung disease may seem like something from a 50 Shades of Grey novel more than something that is a possible reality. However, with the many inquiries that patients have expressed to their physicians, there is plenty of information on the topic.

Education and Honest Communication

The Ohio State University Medical Center has produced a go-to guide for lung disease sufferers who would like a better understanding of how sex and their condition can be possible. The first step is to learn about your condition and how it affects your sex drive. You typically won’t have regular hormone production and distribution in your body due to the chemical imbalance created by a lack of oxygen in your body. For men, this can lead to erectile dysfunction and impotence. For women, lung disease can easily affect libido and sex drive cause female sexual dysfunction.

According to The Ohio State University, sex does not raise the blood pressure or heart rate of breathing to unsafe levels. They note that it would be no different than climbing a set of stairs at a normal pace. However, there are reactions to common medications prescribed to lung disease patients that could affect sexual function. If you are taking any of the following medications, your libido may be less:

  • Bronchodilators
  • Atropine-based Medications
  • Theophylline
  • Steroids
  • Blood Pressure Medications

Sex positions are also very important to consider when suffering from a lung disease. Avoid positions that apply pressure to your chest and stomach, as well as those that require the support of your arms. These movements and activities can add unhealthy stress to your airways and can make sex with lung disease more difficult.

Speaking to your partner about your feelings and fears can be very helpful in reference to sex and lung disease. Also, as with any medical concerns, speak with your doctor about how you can safely keep a sexually active lifestyle with your condition. Your physician may be able to point you in the direction of other information about other helpful tips. Web MD and Healthline have compiled lists to help those with COPD navigate a healthy sex life too.

If you or a loved one is suffering from the difficult side effects of a lung disease and is looking for an alternative treatment, cellular therapy may be an option. Contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065 to get answers for your questions.

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