Asthma, like many chronic diseases, can adversely affect your sex life. But there are ways to cope with it and lessen its effects.
For an increasing number of Americans, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness make breathing an everyday challenge. Millions suffer from asthma , a chronic lung disease with sudden, acute episodes that can limit their ability to climb stairs, work, exercise, and experience sexual satisfaction.
In a study conducted by New York’s Harlem Hospital Center and Columbia University’s Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, two-thirds of the patients studied said they experienced sexual limitations related to their asthma, says Ilan H. Meyer, PhD, the lead researcher
Researchers questioned 353 emergency room patients about the degree to which they had been limited by their asthma in “having sex” during the two weeks prior to the interview; 19% percent had skipped sex altogether and 47% said they had some degree of or total limitation. Only 34% reported having no asthma-related sexual difficulties