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Whether you just found out that you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or have been diagnosed with the condition for years, you don’t have to say goodbye to intimacy. COPD causes severe coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and other respiratory symptoms, all of which can play a role in how you are feeling every day. Don’t let COPD control you and your intimate relationship! Make sure that your COPD doesn’t take away the intimacy between you and your partner. Many people with COPD can and do have happy and fulfilling lives full of intimacy. It is possible to treat COPD and restore intimacy.
Don’t Be Afraid to Treat COPD and Restore Intimacy
If you or someone you know has COPD, the thought of being intimate can be outright scary. Fear of having difficulty breathing while love making, disappointing your partner or being too fatigued for sex are just some examples that can cause COPD patients to avoid intimacy altogether. Partners of COPD patients can just as equally be afraid of sexual activity for fear of causing harm or worsening COPD symptoms.
However, withdrawing from intimacy or giving up on all sexual activity isn’t the answer. A diagnosis of COPD doesn’t have to mean the end of your sex life or intimacy. Talk with your doctor and find out what will be best for your condition. By keeping a few simple rules in mind, COPD patients and their partners can still derive great pleasure from sex and intimacy.
Remember that intimacy isn’t just about intercourse. When someone isn’t feeling up to having intercourse, other ways of expressing intimacy can become just as important. Kissing, cuddling, massages and touch are just a few of the aspects of intimacy that are as vital as intercourse. Being creative can also be fun. Love, affection and sexuality are all part of being human. These things don’t have to change with COPD.
Take Back Your Sex Life
Communication is key when trying to improve your sex life with COPD. You have to talk to your partner. When COPD is present, you and your partner need to express your feelings and fears so issues can be discussed and resolved by both parties. While living with COPD, this is a main component in making sure that your intimacy can be everything that you want and/or more. Here are a few tips to also keep in mind:
- Know your limits – If you have COPD, know your limits when it comes to sex and intimacy. Pay attention to your body and look out for warning signs such as fatigue or a tight chest.
- Conserving energy – Take part in intimacy when you have the most energy.
- Talk to your doctor – Living with COPD can be hard. That is why it is important to talk your doctor about any questions you may have about intimacy.
Having COPD or any other chronic illness does not have to change the intimacy in your life! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with COPD and want to learn more about treatment options, please contact or call (800) 729-3065 us today.