There is no doubt that a heart attack can be a hugely significant event in a person’s life. It can change everything from your lifestyle to the way you see the world. And while a heart attack may cause you to approach many aspects of life more carefully, that doesn’t mean sex is necessarily off the table. People who have suffered heart attacks often continue to lead healthy fulfilling sex lives.
If you’re wondering how to approach sex after a heart attack, wonder no more, because this post will run through some frequently asked questions on the topic.
Is it safe to have sex after a heart attack?
We start with this question because it is asked most often. Many people think a heart attack means the end of sex, but in most cases this does not prove to be the case. Yes, sex can get your heart rate going, but so can all kinds of things (scary movies, exercise etc.). As always, check with your doctor to make sure it is safe to take part in sexual activity. Basically, if your doctor says it is okay to engage in moderate physical activity, you should be ready for sex.
How do I approach the subject with my doctor?
Talking about sex can make a lot of people uncomfortable, but you should not let this get in the way of meaningfully communicating with your doctor and living a happy healthy life. Just ask them about sex in plain English.
What should I watch out for when having post-heart attack sex?
Those who have had a heart attack do need to be mindful when having sex or engaging in any physical activity. If you feel any of the following warning signs, you may want to cease sexual activity until after you’ve checked with your doctor.
Irregular heart beat/heart palpitations.
Shortness of Breath
Is it safe for women to take birth control or get pregnant with a heart condition?
Maybe, maybe not. Each case is different. You are advised to ask your doctor about issues relating to pregnancy and a heart condition. And never introduce your body to a new medication without the all clear from your doctor.
I am concerned that my medications may impact my sex drive. Should I stop taking them?
No. Your health is always more important. Always follow the instructions of your doctor.
Is it safe to take medications relating to erectile dysfunction if I have a heart condition?
Generally, yes. But always check with your doctor before starting a new medication and let your doctor know all of the medications you are already on. Erectile dysfunction medication interacts particularly harmfully with nitrate medications, so make sure to tread carefully here.
Can sex trigger another heart attack?
While there have been reports of this happening, they are the exception and not the rule. If your doctor clears you for sex, you should be good to go. Enjoy.