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COPD and Sex

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If you have a health condition that makes you tired, or if you're recovering from illness or injury, here are some ideas for conserving energy when you have sex or intimate time.

  • Think about what could help you be more comfortable.

    Share your thoughts with your partner or partners, and come up with solutions together.

  • Be well rested before having sex.
  • Choose the time of day when you have more energy.
  • If you have breathing problems, clear your lungs beforehand.

    Use your bronchodilator medicine before you have sex. This can improve your shortness of breath.

  • Take your time, take it easy, and enjoy one another.
  • Think about trying new ways of doing things.

    Switch positions, or try other ways of being close, such as touching, kissing, and hugging.

  • Stop and rest if you have trouble breathing or you feel tired.
  • If you are having sexual problems, talk with your doctor.

    Your doctor can help you get information, support, and advice so you can enjoy sex again.

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Current as of: August 6, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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