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Asthma Affects Couple Sex Lives

Update Date: Feb 14, 2017 08:20 AM EST

A recent study suggests that 43,000 adults have been rushed to the hospital after suffering an asthma attack during sex. Patients have reported difficulties breathing while performing oral sex and killing the mood by using an in haler.

A recent survey of 544 people by Asthma UK revealed a total of 68 percent of patients said their sex lives have been greatly affected by their asthma. While 73 percent said they felt embarrassed after taking their inhaler on a romantic night out.

Almost half (46%) said they would be more sexually confident if they didn't have to bring their inhalers. Just fewer than 15% said they felt that their asthma contributed to their relationship break ups.

According to Daily Mail, some have settled with having less sex or have stopped having sex at all after it made their condition worse. Some reported having difficulty breathing while performing oral sex. Several others got admitted to the hospital for having an orgasm that triggered their asthma attack.

About 64 percent have said perfume and other scented candles have triggered asthma symptoms. Others had reactions to latex in condoms or from strong-smelling flowers.

A charity for asthma called, "Asthma and Your Love Life" had conducted a survey about living conditions of asthmatic people. One severe asthma patient Callie-Ann said "I always say that for most people, having safe sex is knowing where the condoms are, but for my husband Lee and I it's knowing where my reliever inhaler is."

The Sun reported, Dr. Andy Whittamore of Asthma UK said people should be able to enjoy a healthy love life without their condition getting in the way. But the survey shows that many are struggling with asthma. If sex triggers asthma, Whittamore said "this may indicate that your asthma is not under control and you should seek help from your GP or asthma nurse."

She recommends that patients ensure that their asthma is well managed by getting a regular asthma review with a GP or asthma nurse. A written asthma action plan and inhaler check can help reduce the risk of an asthma attack.

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