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Having a long-term chest condition does not mean you have to give up having an intimate relationship. However, problems with lack of energy, coughing and breathlessness may affect your stamina and interest in sex. You may even avoid sexual intimacy because you are scared you may cough or get breathless. Other symptoms such as depression, anxiety and some drugs (such as those for high blood pressure and some antidepressants) can also affect your sex drive.
Whatever your concerns, try to talk with your partner about your worries. It is not always the easiest conversation to start but you may well find that it is something that worries your partner too.
Even though you may find it embarrassing, talk to your doctor if you are having problems with sex. Your doctor will be used to talking about personal matters even if you are not.
Remember breathlessness is in your control and it will not harm you. Planning ahead and using the above coping strategies will give you the confidence to keep sexually active if this is what you and your partner want.