With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, romance is on many people’s minds. Sex is often an important part of an amorous evening however for people with lung disease, they may worry about sex because they are afraid that they will become too short of breath or may need to cough up phlegm.
Sexual activity needs energy and makes demands on your heart and lungs. You breathe more and your heart and blood pressure go up for a short time. This is the same for everyone, but for those living with lung conditions it can stop them from enjoying the experience.
Enjoying a fulfilling sex life should not be comprised if people are living with a lung condition. The British Lung Foundation has produced a free leaflet with the following tips to help those living with a lung condition blow kisses all night:
- Have sex when you feel rested and your breathing is at its best.This may require people planning ahead as it could be when their medication is the most effective however people are encouraged not to chance habits if this is too stressful.
- Try coughing up phlegm before sex or avoid having sex in the morning when it’s likely you will be producing more phlegm.
- Avoid sex after a heavy meal or alcohol. Your breathing may be more difficult if you have a full stomach and feel bloated.
- If you become very short of breath during intercourse, try pausing to take a few slow, deep breaths from your diaphragm rather than stopping altogether.
- Don’t forget that all intimacy should be for fun and your enjoyment. Laugh and talk about any difficulties that either of you are experiencing.
Dr Noemi Eiser, Medical Director of the British Lung Foundation said: “Living with a lung condition doesn’t mean you have to compromise on intimacy. It is important that you talk to your partner about any worries and are open-minded and understanding. Creating a comfortable and trusting environment will prevent stress and shortness of breath.”
For further advice call the Helpline