If you suffer from asthma it could be hindering your libido and negatively affecting your sex life – but it doesn’t have to! Asthma is a condition categorized by chronic inflammation of the airways which can lead to shortness of breath, chest pains, coughing and wheezing. Asthma flare-ups and attacks can range in severity but as long as the condition is under control with inhaler medication a person can live a normal life.
People who suffer with asthma must be mindful of their triggers which can result from environmental factors like pollution and dust to even over-exerting themselves through exercise. Sex, too, can be a form of over-exertion and can result in asthma symptoms becoming worse which can really but a damper on your bedroom activities.
In a survey of 353 people with asthma, two-thirds reported that asthma has hindered their sex life. Forty-seven percent of respondents reported that asthma has negatively impacted their ability to have sex while 19 percent reported simply avoiding sex due to their condition. Lead researcher of the study, which was presented at the 96th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society, Ilan H. Meyer said, “Sexual limitation remains an area of asthma-related quality-of-life that is often neglected. It’s a well-kept secret. The good news is, there’s something you can do about it.”
Below are some tips which the researchers recommend as means to improve your sexual activity even if you suffer from asthma
- Change positions: Positions which apply pressure to the chest or result in shortness of breath are a no-no. Researchers advise that is it best to stay in an upright position as much as possible.
- Take your medications prior to sexual activity: No one wants to plan sex but it is important that prior to you engaging in sexual activities that you take the appropriate medications to help open up airways and reduce the risk of an asthma attack. You may already be used to this habit as you may be taking an inhaler prior to other physical activities in your life. Speak with your doctor if taking your medication prior to sex can be beneficial as well.
- Talk to your doctor: In order to obtain the right treatment for you and your needs it’s important you speak with your doctor and discuss your symptoms to determine if sex is right for you. Don’t be shy either – sex is an important part of relationships as well as health so the more open you are with your doctor about your needs the better they can prescribe a mode of treatment for you.
- Keep your bedroom asthma trigger free: Ensure your bedroom is free of asthma triggers like dust or mold. Furthermore, you may want to opt for hypoallergenic sheets and pill covers to reduce your risk even further.
If you suffer from asthma you may already be quite familiar with the limitations it may bring, but limitations can always be overcome. As long as you listen to your body, make appropriate changes and keep communication open between you and your doctor, you, too, can begin to go back to have a fulfilling sex life – even with asthma.
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