Relationships and asking for the help you need (COPD)

10) Ways of coping during intimacy

Do prepare: Times to avoid sexual activity
  • Clear any chest secretions using your chest clearance technique.
  • Use your bronchodilator inhaler or nebuliser prior to sexual activity.
  • Use the same amount of oxygen during sex as you would during physical activity.
  • Choose a position that is less energetic and avoids pressure on the chest, for example, lying on your side during intercourse may be more comfortable and less tiring.
  • Encourage the more able bodied partner to assume a more active role.
  • Immediately after a heavy meal.
  • After consuming alcohol.
  • In an uncomfortable room temperature.
  • When under emotional stress.
  • After an exacerbation or flare up until you feel fully recovered.