Sex and breathlessness

Living with a lung condition that leaves you short of breath can get in the way of sex and relationships. Sex is important – it’s a human need like eating, exercising and sleeping. So this information aims to make things easier for you and your partner to enjoy your love life.

Sex is an important part of life for many people, and this doesn’t have to change because you or your partner has a lung condition.

This information provides advice on how to manage your breathlessness during sex and what medications can affect your sex life.

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Last medically reviewed: March 2020. Due for review: March 2023

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.