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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) does not
necessarily reduce your desire for or your ability to have sex. Many people
avoid having sex, though, because they are afraid of becoming short of breath.
This can greatly add to feelings of guilt or low self-esteem as well as add to
your stress level as you try to deal with a chronic disease.
Decreased interest in sex is often attributed to aging. In fact, most
older adults continue to be sexually active, although at a slower pace.
Modifications in sexual activity may be helpful to conserve energy
and breath. Choosing the time of day when breathing is easiest can help. A
side-by-side position and focusing more attention on caressing can be less
tiring. You may find that it helps to take medicine (such as a bronchodilator) before having sex, to reduce your shortness of breath.
November 29, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Ken Y. Yoneda, MD - Pulmonology
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