Sex

  • Couple sexing - large Sexual activity is probably quite a common trigger for asthma, but is often not discussed or even reported to doctors. People are embarrassed to talk about problems in the bedroom, but it’s important to get your asthma under control so that you can do all your daily activities, including sex!

    Why is sex a trigger for asthma? 

    As sex is usually a combination of physical exertion and an increased breathing rate, this can cause asthma symptoms in the same way as exercise-induced asthma. Another common asthma trigger is extremes of emotion, which can certainly cause temporary worsening of asthma symptoms.

    Although less common, some people may have asthma symptoms during sex due to exposure to dust mite allergens in their bedding. Some experts also believe that latex condoms may have an impact on people who are sensitive to latex.

    Does it mean I can’t have a normal sex life? 

    Absolutely not! There’s no reason why asthma should limit your sex life. Just like any other trigger, it is usually only an issue when your asthma is not well-controlled.

    If you are taking the right medication, as prescribed, you should be able to carry out all your normal daily activities. If you are unwell, or are just recovering from an asthma attack however, you may need to be a bit more careful.

    So what do I do if my asthma gets worse during sex? 

    Talk to your doctor. If you are unable to have a healthy sex life because of your asthma, then your medications need review. You may need a higher dose of preventer, or to try a symptom controller.

    Note: Don’t change your medication dose yourself. Talk to your doctor first before making any changes.

    Your doctor may recommend taking a puff of your reliever before sexual activity, or you might consider ways of reducing your activity level, perhaps with different positions. Sometimes it’s a matter of taking things a little more slowly.

    If you do have asthma symptoms during sexual activity, pause and take your reliever medication. Give it a few minutes to take effect, and then if you are feeling fine, go back to whatever you were doing. If the symptoms come on again, you should stop, take your reliever again, and make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible.

    Whatever the cause, it’s not something you should put up with. Sex is an important part of life and asthma shouldn’t limit any of your activities.

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