COPD and Sex


Erin Azuse

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Ideally, you should feel comfortable talking to your doctor about any of your health concerns, but it’s understandable that some topics might be hard to bring up. If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), one difficult topic might be how this lung disease will affect your sex life. While this is not meant to replace a conversation with your doctor about your individual situation, let’s take a closer look at what occurs with COPD and what you can do to help maintain a satisfying sex life.   

What is COPD?

COPD is a disease that causes difficulty with the airflow from the lungs and often appears in middle-age. Smoking is the most common cause, but it can also occur after exposure to lung irritants, like air pollution or chemicals. In rare cases, it can be caused by a genetic disorder.

Dr. Katina Nicolackis, pulmonologist at the Cleveland Clinic, explains the importance of quitting smoking, medications and oxygen in managing COPD.

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